A cobalt-triarylphosphine catalyst promotes an annulation reaction of an α,β-unsaturated imine and an internal alkyne to afford a polysubstituted dihydropyridine derivative in good yield under mild conditions. The reaction likely involves alkenylation of the olefinic C-H bond via cobalt-mediated nitrogen-assisted C-H activation followed by facile 6π electrocyclization of the resulting azatriene intermediate.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry