Expedient iron-catalyzed coupling of alkyl, benzyl and allyl halides with arylboronic esters

Robin B Bedford, Peter B Brenner, Emma Carter, Tom W Carvell, Paul M Cogswell, Tim C Gallagher, Jeremy N Harvey, Damien M Murphy, Emily C Neeve, Joshua Nunn, Dominic R Pye

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While attractive, the iron-catalyzed coupling of arylboron reagents with alkyl halides typically requires expensive or synthetically challenging diphosphine ligands. Herein, we show that primary and secondary alkyl bromides and chlorides, as well as benzyl and allyl halides, can be coupled with arylboronic esters, activated with alkyllithium reagents, by using very simple iron-based catalysts. The catalysts used were either adducts of inexpensive and widely available diphosphines or, in a large number of cases, simply [Fe(acac)3 ] with no added co- ligands. In the former case, preliminary mechanistic studies highlight the likely involvement of iron(I)-phosphine intermediates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7935-7938
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2014

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© 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Structured keywords

  • BCS and TECS CDTs


  • alkyl halides
  • catalysis
  • cross-coupling
  • iron
  • Suzuki coupling


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