Rhodium(iii)-catalyzed formal oxidative [4 + 1] cycloaddition of benzohydroxamic acids and α-diazoesters. A facile synthesis of functionalized benzolactams

Hon Wah Lam, Ka Yi Man, Wai Wing Chan, Zhongyuan Zhou, Wing Yiu Yu

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A Rh(iii)-catalyzed oxidative [4 + 1] cycloaddition of benzohydroxamic acids and α-diazoesters is achieved to afford benzolactams in up to 93% yields. With the N-OAc amido moiety as a directing group, the ortho-C-H is selectively functionalized and the catalytic reaction exhibits excellent tolerance to different functional substituents. A notable rhodacyclic complex is isolated and structurally characterized, suggesting that C-H/N-H cyclometallation is a key step in the catalytic cycle. This journal is
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4112-4116
Number of pages5
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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