A palladium-catalyzed direct synthesis of symmetric biaryl compounds from aryl halides in the presence of tBuLi is described. In situ lithium–halogen exchange generates the corresponding aryl lithium reagent, which undergoes a homocoupling reaction with a second molecule of the aryl halide in the presence of the palladium catalyst (1 mol %). The reaction takes place at room temperature, is fast (1 h), and affords the corresponding biaryl compounds in good to excellent yields. The application of the method is demonstrated in an efficient asymmetric total synthesis of mastigophorene A. The chiral biaryl axis is constructed with an atropselectivity of 9:1 owing to catalyst-induced remote point-to-axial chirality transfer.
|Journal||Angewandte Chemie International Edition|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Feb 2016|
- organic chemistry
- total synthesis
- natural product