A direct one-pot Cu-catalyzed biomimetic oxidation of methyl ketones to pharmaceutically important N-heterocyclic amides is reported. The scope of the method is broad, scalable, and mild, and the reaction is tolerant with various acid, base sensitive functionalities with multiple heteroatoms and aryl halides. The extensive mechanistic studies suggest that this reaction follows the Luciferin-Luciferase-like pathway.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry