Iodination of remote ortho-C-H bonds of arenes via directed S EAr: A streamlined synthesis of tetrahydroquinolines

William A. Nack, Gang He, Shu Yu Zhang, Chengxi Lu, Gong Chen

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A new strategy for the synthesis of tetrahydroquinolines (THQs) via the sequential functionalizations of remote C-H bonds is reported. This method uses a single picolinamide directing/protecting group to effect Pd-catalyzed γ-C(sp3)-H arylation, metal-free ε-C(sp2)-H iodination, and Cu-catalyzed intramolecular C-N cross-coupling. The overall sequence is efficient and versatile, and offers a streamlined synthesis of THQs with complex substitution patterns from readily available aryl iodide and aliphatic amine precursors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3440-3443
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 5 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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