An effective bismuth-catalyzed benzylation of arenes and heteroarenes

Magnus Rueping*, Boris J. Nachtsheim, Winai Ieawsuwan

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A highly efficient Bi(OTf)3-catalyzed benzylation of arenes and heteroarenes has been developed. The mild reaction conditions, high yields, operational simplicity and practicability, broad scope, and remarkably low catalyst loading render this environment friendly process an attractive approach to diarylmethane derivatives. The extension to an intramolecular variant of this procedure provides a valuable route to substituted fluorenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1033-1037
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006


  • Arylation
  • Benzylation
  • Bismuth
  • Catalysis
  • Diarylmethanes
  • Friedel-Crafts alkylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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