Palladium‐catalyzed direct C-H functionalization of benzoquinone

Sarah E. Walker, James A. Jordan-Hore, David G. Johnson, Stuart A. Macgregor, Ai-Lan Lee

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A direct Pd-catalyzed C-H functionalization of benzoquinone (BQ) can be controlled to give either mono- or disubstituted BQ, including the installation of two different groups in a one-pot procedure. BQ can now be directly functionalized with aryl, heteroaryl, cycloalkyl, and cycloalkene groups and, moreover, the reaction is conducted in environmentally benign water or acetone as solvents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13876-13879
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number50
Early online date10 Oct 2014
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2014


  • benzoquinone
  • C-H functionalization
  • palladium
  • synthetic methods
  • water


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