Organocatalytic Insertion of Isatins into Aryl Difluoronitromethyl Ketones
journal contributionposted on 29.12.2016, 00:00 by Ransheng Ding, Pegah R. Bakhshi, Christian Wolf
An organocatalytic method that achieves insertion of isatins into aryl difluoronitromethyl ketones under mild conditions is described. The reaction occurs in the presence of 20 mol % of DBU and with 100% atom economy. A series of isatin derived difluoronitromethyl substituted tertiary alcohol benzoates and naphthoates were prepared in 81–99% yield. The general synthetic usefulness of these 3-hydroxyoxindole derivatives is demonstrated with the selective reduction to fluorooximes.