A chromium/2,2′-bipyridine-catalyzed annulation reaction of 2-biarylmagnesium reagents with alkynes is reported. The reaction is applicable to a variety of aryl- and/or alkyl-substituted internal alkynes as well as 2-biaryl and related Grignard reagents, thus affording phenanthrene derivatives in moderate to good yields. The reaction proceeds at the expense of excess alkyne as a hydrogen acceptor and thus does not need an external oxidant. Deuterium-labeling experiments shed light on the reaction mechanism, which likely involves multiple intramolecular C-H activation processes on chromium.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2017 Dec 15|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry