Reversed-polarity synthesis of Diaryl Ketones through palladium-catalyzed direct Arylation of 2-Aryl-1,3-dithianes

Baris Yucel*, Patrick J. Walsh

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An umpolung approach to the synthesis of diaryl ketones has been developed based on in situ generation of acyl anion equivalents and their catalytic arylation. This method entails the base-promoted, palladium-catalyzed direct C-H arylation of 2- aryl-1,3-dithianes with aryl bromides. Use of MNACHTUNGTRENUNG( SiMe3)2 (M=Li, Na) base results in reversible deprotonation of the weakly acidic dithiane. In the presence of a Pd(NiXantphos)-based catalyst and aryl bromide, cross-coupling of the metallated 2-aryl- 1,3-dithiane takes place under mild conditions (2 h at rt) with yields as high as 96%. The resulting 2,2- diaryl-1,3-dithianes were converted into diaryl ketones by either molecular iodine, N-bromo succinimide (NBS) or Selectfluor in the presence of water. The dithiane arylation/hydrolysis can be performed in a one-pot procedure to yield a variety of diaryl ketones in good to excellent yields. This method is suitable for rapid and large-scale synthesis of diaryl ketones. A one-pot preparation of anti-cholesterol drug fenofibrate (TriCor) has been achieved on 10.0 mmol scale in 86% yield.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3659-3667
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2014


FundersFunder number
National Institute of General Medical SciencesNIGMS 104349


    • C-C bond formation
    • Cross-coupling
    • Dithianes
    • Ketones
    • Palladium
    • Umpolung


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