We report a Cu(II)-catalyzed cyclization/coupling of alkenyl aldimines with arylzinc reagents to create indole-3-diarylmethane derivatives (Sapkota et al. ChemRxiv 2022, DOI: 10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-d6qn). The current reaction provides a unified modular route from readily available starting materials to indole-3-diarylmethanes in which all three arene cores can be decorated with differential functional substitutions on demand. Since the cyclization/coupling of alkenyl aldimines is unknown to date, the current method widens the scope with regard to both the substrate and product diversity for this class of reaction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry