A convenient one-pot procedure for the synthesis of benzo[b]thiophenes and selenophenes from readily available o-halo-ethynylbenzene precursors is described. Regardless of the substituent on the acetylene terminus or the number of cyclization moieties on the precursors, various benzo[b]thiophenes and selenophenes, including not only the parent, alkyl-, and phenyl-substituted derivatives but also benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophenes and diselenophenes and benzo[1,2-b:3,4-b':5,6-b'']trithiophenes and triselenophenes can be prepared in good to high yields.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry