Regioselective Hydroalkylation of Vinylarenes by Cooperative Cu and Ni Catalysis

Anne K. Ravn, Martin B. Johansen, Troels Skrydstrup*

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Disclosed here is a dual copper and nickel catalytic system with a silyl hydride source for promoting the linear selective hydroalkylation of vinylarenes. This carbon–carbon bond-forming protocol is applied to couple a variety of functionalized vinylarenes with alkyl halides applying a nickel(II) NNN pincer complex in the presence of an NHC-ligated copper catalyst. This combination allows for a 1 mol % loading of the nickel catalyst leading to turnover numbers of up to 72. Over 40 examples are presented, including applications for pharmaceutical diversification. Labeling experiments demonstrated the regioselectivity of the reaction and revealed that the copper catalyst plays a crucial role in enhancing the rate for formation of the reactive linear alkyl nickel complex. Overall, the presented work provides a complimentary approach for hydroalkylation reactions, whilst providing a preliminary mechanistic understanding of the cooperativity between the copper and nickel complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202112390
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2022


  • dual catalysis
  • hydroalkylation
  • metal hydrides
  • regioselectivity
  • vinylarenes


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