Synfacts 2021; 17(05): 0541
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1719710
Metals in Synthesis

The Fukuyama Cross-Coupling Reaction

Mark Lautens
Randy Sanichar
Tokuyama H, Yokoshima S, Yamashita T, Fukuyama T. * The University of Tokyo, Japan
A Novel Ketone Synthesis by a Palladium-Catalyzed Reaction of Thiol Esters and Organozinc Reagents.

Tetrahedron Lett. 1998;
39: 3189-3192
DOI: 10.1016/S0040-4039(98)00456-0.


Fukuyama and co-workers reported a palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling between thioesters and organozinc reagents to afford the corresponding ketone products. The reaction proceeds under mild conditions, shows good functional group tolerance, and affords access to the product in excellent yields.



The reaction tolerates the presence of sensitive functional groups within the thioester, including aldehydes, ketones, acetates, and even aryl bromides/chlorides. The selectivity supports a faster rate of oxidation into the C–S bond, versus oxidative addition into the aryl halides, or nucleophilic addition to aldehydes.



J. Lou, Q. Wang, P. Wu, H. Wang, Y.-G. Zhou, Z. Yu Chem. Soc. Rev. 2020, 49, 4307–4359.


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20 April 2021 (online)

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