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Keywords:

  • Aryl ketones;
  • Boronic acids;
  • Carboxylic acids;
  • Catalysis;
  • Palladium

Abstract

A new palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction between arylboronic acids and mixed anhydrides, generated in situ from carboxylic acids and pivalic anhydride, is presented. Optimization of the new catalyst and the reaction conditions led to the development of a convenient one-pot ketone synthesis directly from carboxylic and boronic acids in the presence of different (phosphane)palladium complexes in wet THF at 60 °C. Systematic studies were performed to elucidate the reaction mechanism of this transformation. The scope and the limitations of the new process are demonstrated by the synthesis of 33 functionalized ketones. (© Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, 69451 Weinheim, Germany, 2002)