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Novel Triarylimidazole Redox Catalysts: Synthesis, Electrochemical Properties, and Applicability to Electrooxidative C–H Activation

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posted on 02.03.2012, 00:00 by Cheng-chu Zeng, Ni-tao Zhang, Chiu Marco Lam, R. Daniel Little
A new class of metal-free, easy to synthesize redox catalysts based on a triarylimidazole framework is described. With those synthesized thus far, one can access a potential range of ca. 410 mV. They proved to be useful mediators for the activation of benzylic C–H bonds under mild conditions.