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Cyanation of Aryl Chlorides with Potassium Hexacyanoferrate(II) Catalyzed by Cyclopalladated Ferrocenylimine Tricyclohexylphosphine Complexes

Yi-nan Cheng, Zheng Duan*, Ting Li, Yangjie Wu*

*Chemistry Department, the Key Lab of Chemical Biology and Organic Chemistry of Henan Province, the Key and Open Lab of Applied Chemistry of Henan Universities, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052, P. R. of China, Email:,

Y.-n. Cheng, Z. Duan, T. Li, Y. Wu, Synlett, 2007, 543-546.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-970741


Cyanation of aryl chlorides with potassium hexacyano­ferrate(II) catalyzed by a cyclopalladated ferrocenylimine tricyclohexylphosphine complex is applicable to both activated and deactivated aryl chlorides. The corresponding aryl nitriles were isolated in good yields.

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Key Words

cyclopalladium, cyanations, aryl chlorides, catalysis, coupling

ID: J60-Y2007-0500