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Keywords:

  • carbonyl addition;
  • cross-coupling;
  • Lewis acids;
  • organozinc reagents
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Powdered organozinc reagents: Various aryl and heteroaryl bromides as well as benzylic chlorides react with Mg and Zn(OPiv)2⋅2 LiCl (OPiv=pivalate) to provide solid organozinc reagents after solvent evaporation. These powders can be stored at room temperature under argon for months and can be manipulated in air for a short time. They undergo smooth Negishi cross-coupling and carbonyl addition reactions (see scheme).