Silanol as a removable directing group for the pd II-catalyzed direct olefination of arenes

Cong Wang, Haibo Ge

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Need some direction? Silanol was developed as a directing group for the Pd II-catalyzed oxidative Heck-type reaction of arenes. A one-pot C-H activation/desilylation process of benzyldiisopropylsilanol was also demonstrated, providing a powerful approach for the synthesis of ortho-alkenyl-substituted alkylarenes (see scheme). Considering the easily attachable and readily removable properties of the silanol group, this reaction will find broad synthetic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14371-14374
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 16 2011


  • arenes
  • directing groups
  • olefination
  • palladium
  • silanols

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