Alkyl oxalates, prepared from their corresponding alcohols, are engaged for the first time as carbon radical fragments in metallaphotoredox catalysis. In this report, we demonstrate that alcohols, native organic functional groups, can be readily activated with simple oxalyl chloride to become radical precursors in a net redox-neutral Csp3-Csp2 cross-coupling with a broad range of aryl halides. This alcohol-activation coupling is successfully applied to the functionalization of a naturally occurring steroid and the expedient synthesis of a medicinally relevant drug lead.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry