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Copper-mediated domino C–H iodination and nitration of indoles

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An efficient and cost-effective copper-mediated aerobic oxidative C–H iodination and nitration of indoles via double C–H functionalization is reported. The domino process proceeds smoothly under mild aerobic conditions to give 3-iodo-2-nitroindoles in one step with high regioselectivity and a broad substrate scope. The mechanism of the iodination step is proposed to proceed via a Cu(III)-iodide species that undergoes electrophilic addition at the C3 position of the indole motif. The subsequent nitration step involves a sequence of C–H activation, nitro radical oxidative addition, and reductive elimination.

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The article was received on 12 Jan 2018, accepted on 12 Feb 2018 and first published on 12 Feb 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00267C
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 2514-2517
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    Copper-mediated domino C–H iodination and nitration of indoles

    D. Tu, J. Luo and C. Jiang, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 2514
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00267C

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