Into the groove: The introduction of a C 2-symmetric N-heterocyclic carbene ligand with appropriately substituted naphthyl side chains enables the efficient Suzuki-Miyaura coupling to form bulky tetra-ortho-substituted biaryls from aryl bromides and chlorides at room temperature. DFT calculations uncover the subtle steric phenomena at play that lead to the superior catalytic performance. Cyoct=cyclooctyl.
- N-heterocyclic carbene ligand
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