Aliphatic Radical Relay Heck Reaction at Unactivated C(sp 3 )−H Sites of Alcohols

Padon Chuentragool, Dongari Yadagiri, Taiki Morita, Sumon Sarkar, Marvin Parasram, Yang Wang, Vladimir Gevorgyan

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The Mizoroki–Heck reaction is one of the most efficient methods for alkenylation of aryl, vinyl, and alkyl halides. Given its innate nature, this protocol requires the employment of compounds possessing a halogen atom at the site of functionalization. However, the accessibility of organic molecules possessing a halogen atom at a particular site in aliphatic systems is extremely limited. Thus, a protocol that allows a Heck reaction to occur at a specific nonfunctionalized C(sp 3 )−H site is desirable. Reported here is a radical relay Heck reaction which allows selective remote alkenylation of aliphatic alcohols at unactivated β-, γ-, and δ-C(sp 3 )−H sites. The use of an easily installed/removed Si-based auxiliary enables selective I-atom/radical translocation events at remote C−H sites followed by the Heck reaction. Notably, the reaction proceeds smoothly under mild visible-light-mediated conditions at room temperature, producing highly modifiable and valuable alkenol products from readily available alcohols feedstocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1794-1798
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 4 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • C−H activation
  • Heck reaction
  • palladium
  • photochemistry
  • radicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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