Generation of useful arylnitrile structures from simple aromatic feedstock chemicals represents a fundamentally important reaction in chemical synthesis. The first nickel-catalyzed cyanation of phenol derivatives with metal-free cyanating agents, aminoacetonitriles, is described. A nickel-based catalytic system consisting of a unique diphosphine ligand such as dcype or dcypt enables the cyanation of versatile phenol derivatives such as aryl carbamates and aryl pivalates. The use of aminoacetonitriles as a cyanating agent leads to an environmentally and easy-to-use method for arylnitrile synthesis.
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