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Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Direct Carboxylation of Alkenyl C–H Bonds with CO2

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posted on 31.07.2013, 00:00 by Kota Sasano, Jun Takaya, Nobuharu Iwasawa
Pd-catalyzed direct carboxylation of alkenyl C–H bonds with carbon dioxide was realized for the first time. Treatment of 2-hydroxystyrenes and a catalytic amount of Pd­(OAc)2 with Cs2CO3 under atmospheric pressure of CO2 afforded corresponding coumarins in good yield. Furthermore, isolation of the key alkenylpalladium intermediate via C–H bond cleavage was achieved. The reaction was proposed to undergo reversible nucleophilic addition of the alkenylpalladium intermediate to CO2.

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