Transition-metal-catalyzed oxidative and decarboxylative acylations of sp2 C-H bonds bearing conventional
directing groups with various acyl equivalents, such as aldehydes, alcohols, alkylbezenes, -keto acids, etc.
are described. These protocols present an effective and promising route to obtain aryl ketones, which are found to
be important precursors for the formation of bioactive molecules and functional materials. Thus, oxidative and decarboxylative
C-H acylations potentially provide a catalytic alternative to overcome the limitations of classical
Friedel-Crafts acylation. This review is intended to give an overview on recent advances on catalytic acylation reactions
through C-H bond activation.
Keywords: Acylation, catalytic, decarboxylative, oxidative, transition metal.
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