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Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed C[BOND]C Coupling between Arenes and Aziridines by C[BOND]H Activation


  • This work was supported by the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the NSFC (No. 21272231 for X.L.). We thank Prof. Dr. Y.-G. Zhou for discussions and analyses of the enantiopurity of some products.


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Making C[BOND]C from C[BOND]H: [{RhCp*Cl2}2]/AgSbF6 (Cp*=pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) can regioselectively catalyze the C[BOND]C coupling of arenes with aziridines by a C[BOND]H activation pathway. An eight-membered rhodacyclic intermediate resulting from the insertion of the Rh[BOND]C bond into the aziridine was isolated.