Copper-Catalyzed Domino [1,3]/[1,2] Rearrangement for the Efficient Synthesis of Multisubstituted ortho-Anisidines

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8629-8633
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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