Photocatalytic α-Acylation of Ethers

Zhongdong Sun, Naoya Kumagai, Masakatsu Shibasaki

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Direct coupling of ethers and acyl halides was promoted by a binary catalytic system comprising an Ir-based photocatalyst and a Ni complex under blue-light irradiation. Photocatalysts with high triplet energy directed the catalysis, and the reaction likely proceeded by triplet-triplet energy transfer from the excited photocatalysts. Chlorine radicals generated from an excited Ni complex bearing a Ni-Cl bond would be responsible for generating α-oxy radicals leading to the α-acylated ethers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3727-3730
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul 21
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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