Full control over multiple competing coupling sites would enable straightforward access to densely functionalized compound libraries. Historically, the site selection in Pd0-catalyzed functionalizations of poly(pseudo)halogenated arenes has been unpredictable, being dependent on the employed catalyst, the reaction conditions, and the substrate itself. Building on our previous report of C−Br-selective functionalization in the presence of C−OTf and C−Cl bonds, we herein complete the sequence and demonstrate the first general arylations and alkylations of C−OTf bonds (in <10 min), followed by functionalization of the C−Cl site (in <25 min), at room temperature using the same air- and moisture-stable PdI dimer. This allowed the realization of the first general and triply selective sequential C−C coupling (in 2D and 3D space) of C−Br followed by C−OTf and then C−Cl bonds.
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- C−C coupling
- homogeneous catalysis
- palladium(I) dimer