Carbon-Germanium Bond Formation via Low-Valent Cobalt-Catalyzed Cross-Electrophile Coupling

Haifeng Chen, Chen Zhu, Huifeng Yue, Magnus Rueping*

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An efficient, electrochemically induced cobalt-catalyzed carbon-germanium bond formation provides access to a variety of functionalized germane-containing compounds, including aryl, vinyl, and alkyl germanes. The cobalt-catalyzed germylation is conducted under mild reaction conditions and exhibits a broad scope and functional group tolerance. Mechanistic experimental studies provide insight into the unexpected reaction pathway and the sequential activation of the different electrophiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6773-6780
Number of pages8
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 19 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, Office of Sponsored Research (URF/1/4405).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 American Chemical Society.


  • aryl/alkyl electrophiles
  • chlorogermanes
  • cobalt
  • cross-coupling
  • electrochemical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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