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European Journal of Organic Chemistry
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The cationic ruthenium hydride complex [(C6H6)(PCy3)(CO)RuH]+BF4− has been found to be an effective catalyst for the oxidative C–H coupling reaction of phenols with aldehydes to give 2-acylphenol compounds. The coupling of phenols with α,β-unsaturated aldehydes selectively gives the flavene derivatives. The catalytic method mediates direct oxidative C–H coupling of phenol and aldehyde substrates without using any metal oxidants or forming wasteful byproducts.