The direct carbolithiation of diphenylacetylenes and their cross-coupling procedure taking advantage of the intermediate alkenyllithium reagents are presented. By employing our recently discovered highly active palladium nanoparticle based catalyst, we were able to couple an alkenyllithium reagent with a high (Z/E) selectivity (10 : 1) and good yield to give the breast cancer drug tamoxifen in just 2 steps from commercially available starting materials and with excellent atom economy and reaction mass efficiency.
- 3-COMPONENT COUPLING REACTION
- INTRAMOLECULAR CARBOLITHIATION
- ORGANOLITHIUM COMPOUNDS
- ARYL HALIDES