Allyl esters of 3-carboxylcoumarins undergo facile decarboxylative coupling at just 25–50 °C. This represents the first extension of decarboxylative C–C bond-forming reactions to the coupling of aromatics with sp3-hybridized electrophiles. Finally, the same concept can be applied to the sp2–sp3 couplings of pyrones and flavones. Thus, a variety of biologically important heteroaromatics can be readily functionalized without the need for strong bases or stoichiometric organometallics that are typically required for more standard cross-coupling reactions.
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