A general Pd-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of N-mesylamides with arylboronic acids by selective N-C cleavage has been developed. The presented results represent the first example of a transition-metal-catalyzed cross-coupling of amides activated by an atom-economic, cheap, and benign mesyl group. The reaction delivers arylated products featuring a range of useful functional groups by chemoselective cleavage of the amide N-C bond with high efficiency. Both the scope and the origin of high selectivity are discussed. A beneficial effect of the N-mesyl substituent on the bond activation in acyclic amides is presented.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry