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Pin-Sheng Lee and Prof. Naohiko Yoshikai Aldimine-Directed Branched-Selective Hydroarylation of Styrenes Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Article first published online: 6 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207958

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Branching out: A simple and inexpensive cobalt/triarylphosphine catalyst promotes aldimine-directed hydroarylation of styrene with high branched regioselectivity to afford 1,1-diarylethane derivatives in good yields under mild reaction conditions. The ortho-formyl group in the hydroarylation products is amenable to dehydrative cyclization, to give fused polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, as well as decarbonylative removal.

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