Synfacts 2017; 13(12): 1311
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1591648
Organo- and Biocatalysis
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Photoredox-Catalyzed Hydrocarboxylation of Styrenes in Continuous Flow

Benjamin List
Jennifer L. Kennemur
Seo H. Liu A. Jamison TF. * Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Direct β-Selective Hydrocarboxylation of Styrenes with CO2 Enabled by Continuous Flow Photoredox Catalysis.

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017;
139: 13969-13972
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Publication Date:
17 November 2017 (online)



Jamison and co-workers present a photoredox-catalyzed hydrocarboxylation of styrenes using CO2 and pentamethylpiperidine (PMP). The reactions are performed in flow (t R = 8 min) to provide the anti-Markovnikov adducts in moderate to good yields with high degrees of chemo- and regioselectivity. Functional group tolerance and preliminary mechanistic investigations are disclosed.



This method offers a complementary approach to metal-catalyzed hydrocarboxylation reactions of styrenes, which often afford the corresponding Markovnikov adducts. Metal catalysis has recently been used to affect hydrocarboxylation reactions of simple olefins (M. Gaydou, T. Moragas, F. Juliá-Hernández, R. Martin J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 12161). A similar substrate expansion to simple alkyl olefins would bolster the synthetic capacity of this methodology.