A Ni(0) catalyst facilitates efficient C-C bond formation between a wide range of π-neutral and π-deficient aryl boronic acids and N-acyliminium precursors derived from quinoline and isoquinoline. The reaction proceeds under mild conditions and is tolerant of common organic functional groups. In addition, a simple one-pot protocol amenable to the direct use of substituted quinolines is described. Consistent with preliminary data revealing a mild, organoboronate-mediated racemization of enantioenriched N-acyliminium precursors, initial results indicate that a chiral phosphoramiditeligated nickel catalyst promotes enantioselective arylation of racemic substrate with no evidence of a kinetic resolution during catalysis.
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