Mild acylation of c(sp3)−H and c(sp2)−H bonds under redox-Neutral Rh(III) catalysis

Songjie Yu, Yingzi Li, Lingheng Kong, Xukai Zhou, Guodong Tang, Yu Lan*, Xingwei Li

*Corresponding author for this work

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Carbonyl groups are ubiquitous in functional molecules. Although C−H bond acylation has been well-studied via different mechanisms, transition-metal-catalyzed redox-neutral C(sp3)−H acylation under mild conditions is unprecedented. In this work, ketene is designed as a acylating reagent for both C(sp3)−H and C(sp2)−H bonds under Rh(III) catalysis, affording a diverse array of carbonyl compounds in high yields and high atom economy under mild conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7744-7748
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number11
Early online date17 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2016


  • Acylation
  • Arene
  • C−H activation
  • Ketene
  • Rhodium


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