The development of a palladacyclic precatalyst supported by a new biaryl(dialkyl)phosphine ligand (VPhos) in combination with octanoic acid/sodium octanoate as a simple and effective surfactant system provided an improved catalyst system for the rapid construction of a broad spectrum of alkylated scaffolds from alkyl zinc reagents generated in situ.
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