Transition-metal-catalyzed benzylation of arenes and heteroarenes

Kristin Mertins, Irina Iovel, Jette Kischel, Alexander Zapf, Matthias Beller

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Friedel-Crafts-type benzylation of various aromatic and heteroaromatic compounds with benzylic acetates, alcohols, and carbonates was promoted under mild reaction conditions by a series of Rh, Ir, Pd, and Pt catalysts (see scheme; R1 = H, Me; R2 = H, Cl, MeO; R3 = H, Ac, CO2Me). The desired products were obtained in high yields and with high selectivities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-242
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number2
StatePublished - 27 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Arenes
  • Benzylation
  • Friedel-Crafts reaction
  • Iridium
  • Platinum


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