A general protocol for the Pd-catalyzed-arylation of nitroalkanes is described. Substituted aryl bromides as well as aryl chlorides can be coupled efficiently with a variety of nitroalkanes under mild conditions to selectively yield the monoarylated products. This method tolerates a number of functional groups including ketones, esters, and olefins. Notably, the arylation of nitroalkanes can be effected chemoselectively over ketone and ester arylation.
“Palladium-Catalyzed Monoarylation of Nitroalkanes”, J. Org. Chem., 2002, 67(1), 106-111.