New article on Ni-catalyzed carboxylation reactions

Congratulations to CHOCO members Marc F. Obst and Kathrin H. Hopmann on their recently published article!

Although the catalytic carboxylation of unactivated alkyl electrophiles has reached remarkable levels of sophistica-tion, the intermediacy of (phenanthroline)Ni(I)-alkyl species – complexes proposed in numerous Ni-catalyzed reductive cross-coupling reactions – has been subject to speculation. Herein, we report the synthesis of such elusive (phenanthro-line)Ni(I) species and their reactivity with CO2, allowing us to address a long-standing question related to metal-catalyzed carboxylation reactions.

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