Iron-Catalyzed Direct α-Arylation of Ethers with Azoles
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Chemical Communications (51) : 13365-13368 (2015)
The direct α-arylation of cyclic and acyclic ethers with azoles has been achieved, which features a novel iron-catalyzed cross-dehydrogenative coupling (CDC) process. This practical oxidative method allowed the efficient C2-alkylation of a variety of (benzo)azoles constituting straightforward access to heterocycles of utmost medicinal significance and highlighting the convenient use of feedstock substrates and iron catalysts. A preliminary mechanism supported by DFT calculations is discussed as well.