Author(s): Wang X, Lane BS, Sames D
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Abstract Ar-Rh(III) pivalate complexes assembled in situ from the reaction of [RhCl(coe)2]2 (coe = cis-cyclooctene), [p-(CF3)C6H4]3P, and CsOPiv effectively catalyzed the direct C-arylation of free (NH)-indoles and (NH)-pyrroles in good yields and with high regioselectivity. The reaction displayed excellent functional group compatibility and low moisture sensitivity. Kinetics studies support a mechanism involving phosphine displacement by indole in complex 2 (resting state of the catalyst), followed by a rate-limiting C-H bond metalation.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Organic Chemistry: Current Research