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Synthesis of 2-Phenylnaphthalenes through Gold-Catalyzed Dimerization via a Highly Selective Carbon Nucleophile Pathway

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posted on 03.06.2011 by Sinan Wang, Lei Zhang, Xiao Ding, Yu Zhou, Jinfang Wang, Hualiang Jiang, Hong Liu
A protocol for the facile synthesis of 2-phenylnaphthalene has been developed. The benzyl carbon acts as a nucleophilic center in the presence of the amide nitrogen and acetate oxygen, affording the selective formation of a naphthalene scaffold through the dimerization of the reactants.