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Keywords:

  • alkenes;
  • C[BOND]C coupling;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • iron;
  • radicals
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Radical stuff: Iron-catalyzed alkene hydrofunctionalization has been reported by a number of groups using the reaction of unactivated alkenes with sodium borohydride or phenylsilane to give alkyl radical intermediates. Reaction with a range of radical traps has been applied to the formation of carbon–carbon and carbon–heteroatom bonds and used recently for reductive cross-coupling of alkenes. EWG=Electron-withdrawing group.