An efficient, electrochemically induced cobalt-catalyzed carbon-germanium bond formation provides access to a variety of functionalized germane-containing compounds, including aryl, vinyl, and alkyl germanes. The cobalt-catalyzed germylation is conducted under mild reaction conditions and exhibits a broad scope and functional group tolerance. Mechanistic experimental studies provide insight into the unexpected reaction pathway and the sequential activation of the different electrophiles.
- aryl/alkyl electrophiles
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