Bio-inspired copper catalysts for the formation of diaryl ethers

Thomas Schareina, Alexander Zapf, Alain Cotté, Nikolaus Müller, Matthias Beller

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Aryl bromides and phenols are coupled efficiently to the corresponding diaryl ethers in the presence of a practical Cu(I)/1-butylimidazole catalyst system. The convenient protocol is applied successfully to the synthesis of 16 different diaryl ethers in high yield and selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1851-1855
Number of pages5
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - 10 Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Aryl bromide
  • Copper
  • Diaryl ether
  • Imidazole
  • N-Ligands


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