Highly efficient and simple coupling reactions of benzylic bromides or chlorides with alkenylaluminum reagents catalyzed by NiCl2(PPh3)2 are reported. The coupling reactions proceed effectively at room temperature employing low loading of catalyst, 0.5 mol% for benzylic bromides having either electron-donating or -withdrawing substituents on the aromatic ring, affording coupling products in excellent yields of up to 94% in short reaction times. The coupling reactions of benzylic chloride require 5 mol% of the catalyst and a longer reaction time of 2 h.
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Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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