Volume 89 Issue 45 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 7, 2011

Catalysis Merger Leads to Mild Arylation

Combination of photocatalysis with palladium catalysis could be broadly applicable
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: C-H activation, catalysis, organometallic chemistry, photochemistry

By marrying two catalytic cycles—one mediated by palladium and the other by light—chemists at the University of Michigan have developed a C–H arylation reaction that proceeds at room temperature (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja208068w). The merger is “a far-reaching concept” that could extend the capabilities of C–H activation chemistry for making pharmaceuticals and materials, says chemistry professor Melanie S. Sanford, who led the Michigan team.

Aryl-aryl bonds are common . . .

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