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Synthesis of Furans via Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed Cyclization of Acrylic Acids with α‑Diazocarbonyl Compounds

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posted on 2022-08-29, 17:08 authored by Chao Hong, Shuling Yu, Zhanxiang Liu, Zijing Xu, Yuhong Zhang
An efficient protocol for the synthesis of furans through Rh(III)-catalyzed vinyl C–H activation from acrylic acids and α-diazocarbonyl compounds has been developed. The reaction features broad functional group tolerance and affords a series of furans in moderate to good yields. Moreover, no additives such as copper or silver salts are required. Some control experiments are performed to give insight into the mechanism of this cascade transformation and the decarbonylation process is involved in the formation of the furan product.