The reaction of [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 with arylimines and 4 equiv. of KOAc in methanol at room temperature produces stable (N^C)-cyclometallated ruthenium(II) complexes via C–H bond activation/deprotonation. This method can be applied also to nitrogen-containing molecules: N-phenylpyrazole, 2-phenyl-2-oxazoline and benzo[h]quinoline. N-Phenyl-pyrazole, [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 and diphenylacetylene directly lead to alkyne insertion into the metallacycle C–Ru bond.
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