Here, we demonstrate that a metallaphotoredox-catalyzed cross-electrophile coupling mechanism provides a unified method for the α-arylation of diverse activated alkyl chlorides, including α-chloroketones, α-chloroesters, α-chloroamides, α-chlorocarboxylic acids, and benzylic chlorides. This strategy, which is effective for a wide variety of aryl bromide coupling partners, is predicated upon a halogen atom abstraction/nickel radical-capture mechanism that is generically successful across an extensive range of carbonyl substrates. The construction and use of arylacetic acid products have further enabled two-step protocols for the delivery of valuable building blocks for medicinal chemistry, such as aryldifluoromethyl and diarylmethane motifs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- carboxylic acids