We disclose unprecedented synergistic bimetallic Ni/Ag and Ni/Cu catalysts for regioselective γ,δ-diarylation of unactivated alkenes in simple ketimines with aryl halides and arylzinc reagents. The bimetallic synergy, which generates cationic Ni(II) species during reaction, promotes migratory insertion and transmetalation steps and suppresses β-H elimination and cross-coupling, the major side reactions that cause serious problems during alkene difunctionalization. This diarylation reaction proceeds at remote locations to imines to afford, after simple H+ workup, diversely substituted γ,δ-diaryl ketones that are otherwise difficult to access readily with existing methods.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry