A dual catalytic protocol for the direct arylation of non-activated C(sp3)−H bonds has been developed. Upon photochemical excitation, the excited triplet state of a diaryl ketone photosensitizer abstracts a hydrogen atom from an aliphatic C−H bond. This inherent reactivity was exploited for the generation of benzylic radicals which subsequently enter a nickel catalytic cycle, accomplishing the benzylic arylation.
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Acknowledgements: P.E.K. thanks the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt for financial support. We thank Marc Jentsch for helping us with CV measurements. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement no. 617044 (SunCatChem).