Ruthenium-catalyzed intramolecular cyclization of diazo-β-ketoanilides for the synthesis of 3-alkylideneoxindoles

Wai Wing Chan, Tsz Lung Kwong, Wing Yiu Yu

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With [Ru(p-cymene)Cl 2] 2 as catalyst, diazo-β-ketoanilides would undergo intramolecular carbenoid arene C-H bond functionalization to afford 3-alkylideneoxindoles in up to 92% yields. The reaction occurs under mild conditions and exhibits excellent chemoselectivity. The lack of primary KIE (k H/k D ∼ 1) suggests that the reaction should not proceed by rate-limiting C-H bond cleavage; a mechanism involving cyclopropanation of the arene is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3749-3755
Number of pages7
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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