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Synthesis of Aryl- and Alkylquinones through Rhodium-Catalyzed C-C Coupling under Mild Conditions

Dawei Wang*, Bingyang Ge, Liyong Du, Hongyan Miao, Yuqiang Ding*

*School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, Jiangsu Province, P. R. of China, Email:,

D. Wang, B. Ge, L. Du, H. Miao, Y. Ding, Synlett, 2014, 25, 2895-2898.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1379472 (free Supporting Information)

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[Cp*RhCl2]2 is a very effective catalyst for C-C coupling of quinones with aryl and alkyl boronic acids under mild conditions. This reaction provides a practical, efficient method for the synthesis of aryl- and alkylquinones in good yields at room temperature and under base-free conditions.

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Key Words

Cyclic Enones, Arylation, Alkylation, Quinones, Rhodium, Coupling

ID: J60-Y2014