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Dr. Marion H. Emmert, Amanda K. Cook, Yushu J. Xie and Prof. Melanie S. Sanford Remarkably High Reactivity of Pd(OAc)2/Pyridine Catalysts: Nondirected C[BOND]H Oxygenation of Arenes Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50

Version of Record online: 24 AUG 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201103327

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Less is more: The rational optimization and general applicability of the catalytic system Pd(OAc)2/pyridine is described (see scheme). The catalyst shows excellent reactivity in the C[BOND]H oxygenation of simple aromatic substrates. The Pd/pyridine ratio is critical as the use of one equivalent of pyridine per Pd center leads to dramatic enhancements in both reactivity and site selectivity in comparison to Pd(OAc)2 alone.

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