The ruthenium-catalyzed reaction of aryl ethers having a carbonyl group at the ortho position to the ether group with organoboronates (R?B(OCH2CMe2CH2O), R = aryl, alkenyl, and alkyl) resulted in site-selective C?C bond formation. Among the transition metal complexes screened, the RuH2(CO)(PPh3)3 complex showed the highest activity. Several aromatic ketones having methoxy or phenoxy groups at the ortho position can also be used in this coupling reaction. A variety of arylboronates containing electron-donating (NMe2, OMe, methyl, and vinyl) and -withdrawing (F and CF3) groups reacted with methoxy ketones to give the corresponding coupling products in high yields.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry