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Mild and Selective Rhodium-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation of Functionalized Arenes

Yuhan Wang, Zhiqian Chang, Yan Hu, Xiao Lin and Xiaowei Dou*

*Department of Chemistry, School of Science, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 211198, China, Email:

Y. Wang, Z. Chang, Y. Hu, X. Lin, X. Dou, Org. Lett., 2021, 23, 1910-1914.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c00341

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A rhodium-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of functionalized arenes in the presence of tetrahydroxydiboron offers good functional group tolerance, operational simplicity and controllable chemoselectivity. The general applicability of this procedure is demonstrated by the selective hydrogenation of a range of arenes, including functionalized benzenes, biphenyls, and polyaromatics.

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Key Words

Cyclohexanes, Tetrahydroxydiboron

ID: J54-Y2021