New Cobalt- and Iron-Catalyzed Reactions of Organozinc compounds


  • We thank the DFG (SFB 260) for generous financial support. C. K. R. thanks the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung for a fellowship. We thank BASF AG, Witco AG, Bayer AG, Schering AG, Callery, Sipsy, and Chemetall GmbH for the generous gift of chemicals.


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A wide range of polyfunctional ketones and allylic compounds is accessible under mild reaction conditions through an efficient CoII-catalyzed acylation or allylation of diorganozinc compounds (see below). The remarkable stability of the intermediate σ-alkyl transition metal complexes is crucial for the success of the reactions.