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Amide-Directed Intramolecular Co(III)-Catalyzed C–H Hydroarylation of Alkenes for the Synthesis of Dihydrobenzofurans with a Quaternary Center

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posted on 30.07.2020, 15:10 by Asier Carral-Menoyo, Nuria Sotomayor, Esther Lete
The first example of Cp*Co­(III)-catalyzed intramolecular hydroarylation of allyl aryl ethers using an amide directing group for the preparation of 3,3-disubstituted dihydrobenzofurans in high yields is described. The reaction of the unactivated alkene is completely selective for the formation of the quaternary center, allowing different substitution patterns on the aromatic ring and the alkene. The cyclization can also be extended to the formation of six-membered rings and to N-homoallylindoles.