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Development of Pd/C-Catalyzed Cyanation of Aryl Halides

Hannah Yu*, Rachel N. Richey, William D. Miller, Jiansheng Xu and Scott A. May

*Chemical Product Research and Development, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana 46285, United States, Email:

H. Yu, R. N. Richey, W. D. Miller, J. Xu, S. A. May, J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76, 665-668.

DOI: 10.1021/jo102037y


A practical method for palladium-catalyzed cyanation of aryl halides using Pd/C can be applied to various aryl bromide and active aryl chloride substrates to effect efficient conversions. The process features many advantages over existing cyanation conditions and the practical utility of the process has been demonstrated on scale.

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ID: J42-Y2011-0150