Connecting Remote C–H Bond Functionalization and Decarboxylative Coupling Using Simple Amines

The manuscript describes a Pd-catalyzed reaction of benzylic electrophiles that gives para-substituted arene products. Mechanistic studies suggest a mechanism involving a dearomative C–C bond-forming step, followed by base-mediated rearomatization. This mechanism is uncommon and underappreciated in Pd-catalysis and further exploitation of this mechanism should enable access to other organic molecules.