Nozaki–Hiyama–Kishi reaction

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Nozaki-Hiyama-Kishi reaction
Named after Hitosi Nozaki
Tamejiro Hiyama
Yoshito Kishi
Reaction type Coupling reaction
Organic Chemistry Portal nozaki-hiyama-coupling
RSC ontology ID RXNO:0000191

The Nozaki–Hiyama–Kishi reaction is a nickel/chromium coupling reaction forming an alcohol from the reaction of an aldehyde with an allyl or vinyl halide.[1] In their original 1977 publication, Tamejiro Hiyama and Hitosi Nozaki [2] reported on a chromium(II) salt solution prepared by reduction of chromic chloride by lithium aluminium hydride to which was added benzaldehyde and allyl chloride:

NHK reaction 1977

Compared to Grignard reactions, this reaction is very selective towards aldehydes with large tolerance towards a range of functional groups such as ketones, esters, amides and nitriles. Enals give exclusively 1,2-addition. Solvents of choice are DMF and DMSO, one solvent requirement is solubility of the chromium salts. Nozaki-Hiyama-Kishi reaction is a useful method for preparing medium-size rings.[3]

In 1983 the scope was extended by the same authors to include vinyl halides or triflates and aryl halides.[4] It was observed that the success of the reaction depended on the source of chromium(II) chloride and in 1986 it was found that this is due to nickel impurities.[5] Since then nickel(II) chloride is used as a co-catalyst.[6]

NHK reaction 1986 Nozaki

In the same year Yoshito Kishi et al. independently discovered the beneficial effects of nickel in his quest for palytoxin:[7]

NHK reaction Kiski 1986

Palladium acetate was also found to be an effective cocatalyst.

Reaction mechanism[edit]

Nickel is the actual catalyst when small amounts of a nickel salt is added in the reaction. Nickel(II) chloride is first reduced to nickel(0) with 2 equivalents of chromium(II) chloride (as sacrificial catalyst) leaving chromium(III) chloride. The next step is oxidative addition of nickel into the carbon to halide bond forming an alkenylnickel R–Ni(II)–X intermediate followed by a transmetallation step exchanging NiX with a Cr(III) group to an alkenylchromium R–Cr(III)–X intermediate and regenerating Ni(II). This species reacts with the carbonyl group in a nucleophilic addition.

NHK reaction mechanism

The amount of nickel used should be low as a direct alkene coupling to a diene is a side reaction.[8]

Related reactions are the Grignard reaction (magnesium), the Barbier reaction (zinc) and addition reactions involving organolithium reagents.


  1. ^ Takai, K. Org. React. 2004, 64, 253. doi:10.1002/0471264180.or064.03
  2. ^ Grignard-type carbonyl addition of allyl halides by means of chromous salt. A chemospecific synthesis of homoallyl alcohols Yoshitaka Okude, Shigeo Hirano, Tamejiro Hiyama, Hitosi Nozaki J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1977; 99(9); 3179–3181. doi:10.1021/ja00451a061
  3. ^ (a) MacMillan, D. W. C.; Overman, Larry E. "Enantioselective Total Synthesis of (−)-7-Deacetoxyalcyonin Acetate. First Synthesis of a Eunicellin Diterpene" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995, 117 (41), 10391–10392. doi:10.1021/ja00146a028. (b) Lotesta, S. D.; Liu, J.; Yates, E. V.; Krieger, I.; Sacchettini, J. C.; Freundlich, J. S.; Sorensen, E. J. "Expanding the pleuromutilin class of antibiotics by de novo chemical synthesis" Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1258–1261. doi:10.1039/C1SC00116G.
  4. ^ Selective grignard-type carbonyl addition of alkenyl halides mediated by chromium(II) chloride Kazuhiko Takai, Keizo Kimura, Tooru Kuroda, Tamejiro Hiyama, and Hitosi Nozaki Tetrahedron Letters Volume 24, Issue 47, 1983, Pages 5281–5284 doi:10.1016/S0040-4039(00)88417-8
  5. ^ Reactions of alkenylchromium reagents prepared from alkenyl trifluoromethanesulfonates (triflates) with chromium(II) chloride under nickel catalysis K. Takai, M. Tagashira, T. Kuroda, K. Oshima, K. Utimoto, H. Nozaki J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 1986; 108(19); 6048–6050. doi:10.1021/ja00279a068
  6. ^ Trace metal impurities in catalysis Isabelle Thomé , Anne Nijs, Carsten Bolm, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 979–987. doi:10.1039/C2CS15249E
  7. ^ Catalytic effect of nickel(II) chloride and palladium(II) acetate on chromium(II)-mediated coupling reaction of iodo olefins with aldehydes Haolun Jin, Junichi Uenishi, William J. Christ, Yoshito Kishi J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 1986; 108(18); 5644–5646. doi:10.1021/ja00278a057
  8. ^ Kazuhiko Takai, Koichi Sakogawa, Yasutaka Kataoka, Koichiro Oshima, and Kiitiro Utimoto (1998). "Preparation and reactions of alkenylchromium reagents: 2-Hexyl-5-phenyl-1-penten-3-ol". Org. Synth. ; Coll. Vol. 9, p. 472