The PtBr2-catalyzed reaction of 1-ethynyl-2-(1-alkoxybut-3-enyl) benzenes at 120 °C in CH3CN gave functionalized indenes in good to allowable yields. Most probably, the hydrogen at the terminal alkyne is transferred to the adjacent internal β-carbon to form an (η2-vinylidene)platinum carbene intermediate, which activates the sp3 C-H bond at the benzylic carbon. This reaction pathway is supported by DFT calculations which suggest that the formation of the Pt-vinylidene complex is the rate-limiting stage for the whole transformation.
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