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Keywords:

  • arylation;
  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • C[BOND]O activation;
  • imidazolylsulfonate;
  • palladium;
  • phosphane ligands
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Set the ace(tone): A palladium catalyst derived from the bidentate XantPhos ligand and Pd(OAc)2 has enabled broadly applicable mono-α-arylations of acetone to be performed with air- and moisture-stable aryl imidazolylsulfonates as most user-friendly electrophiles (see scheme).