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A General Method for the Direct α-Arylation of Nitriles with Aryl Chlorides

Jingsong You and John G. Verkade*

*Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA, Email:

J. You, J. G. Verkade, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2003, 42, 5051-5053.

DOI: 10.1002/anie.200351954 (International Edition)


A general method for the direct α-arylation of nitriles with aryl chlorides was developed. With a catalytic system generated from palladium and a commercially available ligand, it is now possible to effect direct α-arylation using a wide variety of starting materials.

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Key Words

α-arylation, homogeneous catalysis, nitriles, P ligands, palladium

ID: J06-Y2003-1030