A decarbonylative cyanation of aromatic esters with aminoacetonitriles in the presence of a nickel catalyst was developed. The key to this reaction was the use of a thiophene-based diphosphine ligand, dcypt, permitting the synthesis of aryl nitrile without the generation of stoichiometric metal- or halogen-containing chemical wastes. A wide range of aromatic esters, including hetarenes and pharmaceutical molecules, can be converted into aryl nitriles.
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- Organic Chemistry