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Keywords:

  • alcohols;
  • cross-coupling;
  • gold;
  • ketones;
  • palladium
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Clean alcohol–alcohol cross-coupling: A clean and efficient one-pot direct C[BOND]C cross-coupling of equimolar amounts of primary and secondary alcohols by a facile hydrogen autotransfer pathway is achieved over a robust and easily recovered hydrotalcite-supported Au–Pd bimetallic catalyst system. A variety of primary and secondary alcohols have been selectively converted into the corresponding β-alkylated ketones in good yields.