Electron-deficient olefin ligands enable generation of quaternary carbons by Ni-catalyzed cross-coupling

Chung Yang Huang, Abigail G. Doyle

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A Ni-catalyzed Negishi cross-coupling with 1,1-disubstituted styrenyl aziridines has been developed. This method delivers valuable β-substituted phenethylamines via a challenging reductive elimination that affords a quaternary carbon. A novel electron-deficient olefin ligand, Fro-DO, proved crucial for achieving high rates and chemoselectivity for C-C bond formation over β-H elimination. This ligand is easy to access, is stable, and presents a modular framework for reaction discovery and optimization. We expect that these attributes, combined with the fact that the ligands impart distinct electronic properties to a metal, will support the invention of new transformations not previously possible using established ligands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5638-5641
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 6 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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