Metal-Free Iodine(III)-Promoted Synthesis of Isoquinolones

A metal-free oxidative cycloaddition reaction of substituted benzamides and alkynes has been developed for the synthesis of isoquinolones by using bis­(trifluoracetoxy)­iodobenzene (PIFA) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). Under mild conditions, a wide variety of isoquinolones were conveniently prepared via oxidative annulation of simple N-methoxybenzamide and diarylacetylene or aryl/alkyl acetylene derivatives in yields up to 87%.