Ortho-C–H Benzylation of Aryl Imines with Benzyl Phosphates under Cobalt–Pyphos Catalysis
Date of Issue2015
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Ortho-C–H benzylation of aryl ketimines with benzyl phosphates is achieved with the aid of a catalytic system consisting of a cobalt(II) salt, a phosphine/pyridine bidentate ligand, and a Grignard reagent under room-temperature conditions, affording a variety of diarylmethanes bearing o-acetyl or -acyl groups in moderate to good yields. Owing to the versatility of the o-acetyl group, the reaction opens useful synthetic routes to polycyclic compounds such as unsymmetrical anthracene, anthracenone, and anthraquinone derivatives.
© 2015 American Chemical Society. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Organic Letters, American Chemical Society. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01955].