meta-Selective C−H Activation of Arenes at Room Temperature Using Visible Light: Dual-Function Ruthenium Catalysis

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Ruthenium‐catalyzed meta‐C−H activation of arenes at room temperature is reported to proceed under blue‐light irradiation. A variety of heteroarenes are compatible with this photochemical process, which leads to the corresponding meta C−C coupling products in good to very good yields. Initial mechanistic studies suggest a single‐electron transfer process occurs between a photoexcited RuII‐cyclometalated complex and alkyl halides, enabling meta‐C−H functionalization reaction via carbon‐centered radicals.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Early online date2 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019