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InCl3-Catalyzed Synthesis of 1,2-Dimetallic Compounds by Direct Insertion of Aluminum or Zinc Powder


  • We thank the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, the European Research Council (ERC), and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB 749) for financial support. We also thank Evonik Industries AG (Hanau), and BASF AG (Ludwigshafen) for generous donations of chemicals.


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In-sertion of metal: Catalytic amounts of InCl3 allow the insertion of aluminum and zinc into aromatic 1,2-dibromides or 1,2-bromotriflates (see scheme). These 1,2-dimetallic species can undergo Cu or Pd-catalyzed acylations, allylations, or cross-couplings.