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Activation of Chromium Catalysts by Photoexcited Hantzsch Ester for Decarboxylative Allylation of Aldehydes with Butadiene

Shuangjie Lin, Yuqing Chen, Huaipu Yan, Yonghong Liu, Yuchen Sun, Erjun Hao*, Caizhe Shi, Dandan Zhang, Nan Zhu and Lei Shi*

*Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007; Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China, Email:,

S. Lin, Y. Chen, H. Yan, Y. Liu, Y. Sun, E. Hao, C. Shi, D. Zhang, N. Zhu, L. Shi, Org. Lett., 2021, 23, 8077-8081.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.1c03098


The photoexcitation of Hantzsch ester can directly activate chromium reagents through a single-electron transfer process. The synthetic application was demonstrated through a photoredox decarboxylative allylation of aldehydes with feedstock butadiene without exogenous photocatalysts, metallic reductants, or additives.

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Key Words

homoallylic alcohols, multicomponent reactions, Hantzsch ester

ID: J54-Y2021