New Method for Quat Center Formation

Congratulations to Kelsey Cobb, Javon Rabb-Lynch, Megan Hoerrner, Alex Manders, and Qi Zhou on their recent development of a stereospecific Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling of allylic pivalates to set all-carbon quaternary stereocenters (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.orglett.7b02063)! This reaction is enabled by a simple nickel/BISBI catalyst system, and enables efficient formation of allylic products with internal alkenes.

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