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Keywords:

  • aryl ethers;
  • benzofurans;
  • copper;
  • hydroxylation;
  • phenols
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A smooth operator: The copper-catalyzed synthesis of phenols from aryl halides was carried out under relatively mild reaction conditions. Alkyl aryl ethers and benzofurans could also be prepared smoothly by one-pot domino protocols based on hydroxylation of aryl iodides (see scheme).