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Copper-Carbene Complexes as Catalysts in the Synthesis of Functionalized Styrenes and Aliphatic Alkenes

Hélène Lebel,* Michaël Davi, Silvia Díez-Gonzlez and Steven P. Nolan

*Département de Chimie, Université de Montréal, P.O. Box 6128, Station Downtown, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3C 3J7, Email:

H. Lebel, M. Davi, S. Díez-Gonzlez, S. P. Nolan, J. Org. Chem., 2007, 72, 144-149.

DOI: 10.1021/jo061781a (free Supporting Information)


Inexpensive (NHC)-Cu complexes efficiently catalyzed the methylenation of various aliphatic and aromatic carbonyl compounds in the presence of trimethylsilyldiazomethane, triphenylphosphine, and 2-propanol. High yields were obtained for the formation of styrenes containing nitro, trifluoromethyl, amino, and ester groups.

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ID: J42-Y2007-0010