Tobisu M1, Ano Y, Chatani N.
Chem Asian J. 2008 Sep 1;3(8-9):1585-91. doi: 10.1002/asia.200800090.The rhodium(I)-catalyzed regioselective silylation of the ortho carbon-hydrogen bond in 2-arylpyridines with disilane is described. For example, the reaction of 2-(2-methylphenyl)pyridine with 2 equivalents of hexamethyldisilane in the presence of 5 mol % [RhCl(cod)](2) (cod=1,5-cyclooctadiene) in o-xylene at 130 degrees C for 15 h gave 2-[2-methyl-6-(trimethylsilyl)phenyl]pyridine in 86 % yield. In contrast to silylation with hydrosilanes, hydrogen acceptors are not required to achieve high conversion. Read More