A nickel-catalyzed alkylation of polycyclic aromatic methyl ethers as well as methyl enol ethers with B-alkyl 9-BBN and trialkylborane reagents that involves the cleavage of stable C(sp2)−OMe bonds is described. The transformation has a wide substrate scope and good chemoselectivity profile while proceeding under mild reaction conditions; it provides a versatile way to form C(sp2)−C(sp3) bonds that does not suffer from β-hydride elimination. Furthermore, a selective and sequential alkylation process by cleavage of inert C−O bonds is presented to demonstrate the advantage of this method.
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Acknowledgements: L.G. and X.L. were supported by the China Scholarship Council.