Transition metal-catalyzed decarboxylative cross-coupling reactions
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- Shang, R. & Liu, L. Sci. China Chem. (2011) 54: 1670. doi:10.1007/s11426-011-4381-0
Transition metal-catalyzed decarboxylative cross-coupling reactions have recently emerged as a new and important category of organic transformations that find versatile applications in the construction of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds. The use of relatively cheap and stable carboxylic acids to replace organometallic reagents enables the decarboxylative cross-coupling reactions to proceed with good selectivities and functional group tolerance. In the present review we summarize the various types of decarboxylative cross-coupling reactions catalyzed by different transition metal complexes. The scope and applications of these reactions are described. The challenges and opportunities in the field are discussed.