Direct access to α,α′-diarylated ketones through N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed 1,6-addition of aromatic aldehydes to para-quinone methides

N-Heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed 1,6-addition of aromatic aldehydes to para-quinone methides has been developed. This method could efficiently furnish α,α′-diarylated ketones with good to high yields, which contain various functional groups.