Multisubstituted ortho-anisidines were efficiently synthesized via cationic N-heterocyclic carbene-Cu-catalyzed domino rearrangement of N-methoxyanilines that possess an electron-donating functional group, such as an alkyl or an aryl group, at the ortho position. The reaction proceeded first through a [1,3]-rearrangement of the methoxy group to the ortho position bound to the electron-donating substituent, followed by a semipinacol type [1,2]-rearrangement of the electron-donating group from the ortho to the meta position. Mechanistic studies suggest that both rearrangement reactions are promoted by a cationic Cu catalyst.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry