Palladium-catalyzed dearomative 1,4-difunctionalization of naphthalenes†
A highly diastereoselective dearomatization of naphthalenes via a Pd-catalyzed 1,4-difunctionalization reaction is described. In the presence of a commercially available palladium precursor and ligand, intramolecular dearomative Heck-type insertion provides π-allylpalladium intermediates which are readily captured by a series of nucleophiles in excellent yields (up to 99%). This reaction features mild conditions, broad substrate scope, and useful transformations of the products.
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