Ligand-Enabled Ni(II)-Catalyzed Hydroxylarylation of Unactivated Alkenes With Molecular Oxygen

03 April 2023, Version 1
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The use of molecular oxygen as the terminal oxidant in transition metal catalyzed oxidative process is an appealing and challenging task in organic synthetic chemistry. Here, we report a Ni-catalyzed hydroxylarylation of unactivated alkenes enabled by a β-diketone ligand with highly efficient and excellent regioselectivity employing molecular oxygen as the oxidant and hydroxyl source. This reaction features mild conditions, broad substrate scope and incredible heterocycle compatibility, providing a variety of β-hydroxylamides, γ-hydroxylamides, β-aminoalcohols, γ-aminoalcohols, and 1,3-diols in high yields. The synthetic value of this methodology was demonstrated by the efficient synthesis of two bioactive compounds, (±)-3’-methoxyl citreochilorol and tea catechin metabolites M4.


unactivated alkenes
β-diketone ligand

Supplementary materials

Supplementary Information-NiHydroxylarylationAlkene
Supplementary Information


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