A combination of nickel and photoredox catalysts promoted novel cross-coupling reactions of aryl halides with 4-alkyl-1,4-dihydropyridines. 4-Alkyl-1,4-dihydropyridines act as formal nucleophilic alkylation reagents through a photoredox-catalyzed carbon-carbon (C-C) bond-cleavage process. The present strategy provides an alternative to classical carbon-centered nucleophiles, such as organometallic reagents.
Keywords: C−C cleavage; cross-coupling; dihydropyridines; nickel catalysts; photoredox catalysts.
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