This study describes the iridium-catalyzed intermolecular dehydrogenative silylation of C(sp2)-H bonds of polycyclic aromatic compounds without directing groups. The reaction produced various arylsilanes through both Si-H and C-H bond activation, with hydrogen as the sole byproduct. Reactivity was affected by the electronic nature of the aromatic compounds, and silylation of elec-tron-deficient and polycyclic aromatic compounds proceeded efficiently. Site-selectivity was controlled predominantly by steric factors. Therefore, the current functionalization proceeded with opposite chemo- and site-selectivity compared to that observed for general electrophilic functionalization of aromatic compounds.
- C-h bond activation
- Polycyclic aromatic compounds
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry