We report here a manganese-catalyzed C-H methylation reaction of considerable substrate scope, using MeMgBr, a catalytic amount of MnCl2· 2LiCl, and an organic dihalide oxidant. The reaction features ambient temperature, low catalyst loading, typically 1%, high catalytic turnover reaching 5.9 × 103, and no need for an extraneous ligand and illustrates a unique catalytic use of simple manganese salts for C-H activation, which so far has relied on catalysis by manganese carbonyls.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry