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Keywords:

  • arylation;
  • C[BOND]C coupling;
  • cross-coupling;
  • diarylalkanes;
  • zinc
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Zinc or swim: Arylation of benzyl trifluoroacetates with arylzinc reagents in the presence of β-hydrogen atoms were realized under mild conditions. Both electron-rich and electron-deficient arene substrates were successfully arylated. This arylation method could offer a very versatile synthetic route to access a series of diversity-oriented diarylalkane motifs. TFA = trifluoroacetyl.