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The Neber Route to Substituted Indoles

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journal contribution
posted on 01.02.2006, 00:00 by Douglass F. Taber, Weiwei Tian
Two complementary procedures have been developed for the conversion of the oximes of α-aryl ketones to azirines. On heating, the azirines rearrange smoothly to the corresponding indoles. The overall transformation offers a versatile route to indoles, complementary to the Fischer indole synthesis.