Modulating stereoselectivity in allylic C(sp3)-H bond arylations via nickel and photoredox catalysis

Long Huang*, Marcin Szewczyk, Rajesh Kancherla, Bholanath Maity, Chen Zhu, Luigi Cavallo*, Magnus Rueping*

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While significant progress has been made in developing selective C-H bond cross-couplings in the field of radical chemistry, the site and stereoselectivity remain a long-standing challenge. Here, we present the successful development of stereodivergent allylic C(sp3)-H bond arylations through a systematic investigation of the direction and degree of stereoselectivity in the cross-coupling process. In contrast to the signature photosensitized geometrical isomerization of alkenes, the catalytic reaction demonstrates the feasibility of switching the C-C double bond stereoselectivity by means of ligand control as well as steric and electronic effects. Computational studies explain the stereochemical outcome and indicate that excitation of a Ni-allyl complex from singlet to a triplet state results in a spontaneous change of the allyl group coordination and that the subsequent isomerization can be directed by the choice of the ligand to achieve E/Z selectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number548
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
B.M. and L.C. acknowledge King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for support and the KAUST Supercomputing Laboratory for providing computational resources of the supercomputer Shaheen II.

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© 2023, The Author(s).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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