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Keywords:

  • arenes;
  • C[BOND]C coupling;
  • carboxylic acids;
  • chelates;
  • ruthenium
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Two strong arms to hold the catalyst: (O,O) and (O,N)-chelate ruthenium(II) complexes obtained from kojic acid or glycine are efficient catalysts for the (hetero)arylation of Cmath image[BOND]H bonds if associated to potassium pivalate. Moreover, the catalysts operate in water.