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.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry