Ni(II)-Mediated Photochemical Oxidative Esterification of Aldehydes with Phenols

Lu Lu Chai, You Hui Zhao, David James Young, Xinhua Lu, Hong Xi Li

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The photopromoted, Ni-catalyzed acceptorless dehydrogenation esterification of phenols and aromatic aldehydes has been achieved in an oxidant- and external photosensitizer-free manner. This reliable and atom-economical transformation was tolerant to a wide range of functional groups and proceeded efficiently to give various aryl benzoates in moderate to high yields. Additionally, this photocatalytic system displayed high activity for the hydrogen-evolution cross coupling of aliphatic aldehydes and phenols employing dual nickel and aromatic aldehyde catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6908-6913
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number38
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2022


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