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Lewis Acid-Controlled Regioselective Phosphorylation of 2‑Indolylmethanols with Diarylphosphine Oxides: Synthesis of Highly Substituted Indoles

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posted on 31.03.2018, 00:00 by Chen Hu, Gang Hong, Yuchen He, Chen Zhou, Marisa C. Kozlowski, Limin Wang
The Lewis acid-promoted phosphorylation of 2-indolylmethanols with diarylphosphine oxides is described. The regioselectivity of the reaction can be modulated by the choice of rare earth metal Lewis acid, offering a highly selective approach to structurally diverse indole derivatives in up to 97% yield for over 50 examples. This strategy features high selectivity, good functional group tolerance, and easy scalability. The utility of this method is further highlighted by facile modification of the products to access novel indole-based phosphine ligand.