Regioselectivity-switchable hydroarylation of styrenes

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Cobalt-phosphine and cobalt-carbene catalysts have been developed for the hydroarylation of styrenes via chelationassisted C-H bond activation, to afford branched and linear addition products, respectively, in a highly regioselective fashion. Deuterium-labeling experiments suggested a mechanism involving reversible C-H bond cleavage and olefin insertion steps and reductive elimination as the rate- and regioselectivity-determining step.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-402
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 26


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