A selective catalytic meta sulfonation of 2-phenylpyridines was found to occur in the presence of (arene)ruthenium(II) complexes upon reaction with sulfonyl chlorides. The 2-pyridyl group facilitates the formation of a stable Ru-C(aryl) σ bond that induces a strong para-directing effect. Electrophilic aromatic substitution proceeds with the sulfonyl… (More)
A ruthenium-catalyzed C-H acylation of arylpyrazoles with a variety of acyl chlorides is described. The acylation reaction exhibits good regioselectivity and both aromatic and aliphatic acyl chlorides can be effectively coupled to the arylpyrazoles at the ortho-position.