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submitted on 10.03.2020 and posted on 11.03.2020by Aika Yanagimoto, Masaaki Komatsuda, Kei Muto, Junichiro Yamaguchi
A dearomative allylation of aromatic cyanohydrins with allyl borates and allyl stannanes under palladium catalysis was developed. At the initial stage of this study, the dearomative reaction (C4-substitution of the aromatics) was competing with benzyl substitution. To circumvent this issue, the use of palladium and meta-disubstituted triarylphosphine as the catalyst in a 1:1 ratio was found to enhance the site-selectivity, furnishing the desired dearomatized products. As the products possess an unsaturated nitrile moiety, further derivatizations of products such as conjugate additions and reductions were achieved.