Manganese catalyzed switchable C-alkylation/alkenylation of fluorenes and indene with alcohols†
The usage of earth-abundant, nontoxic transition metals in place of rare noble metals is a central goal in catalysis. This would be especially interesting when the reactivity and selectivity patterns can be tuned. Herein, we introduced the first Mn-catalyzed selective C-alkylation and olefination of fluorene, and indene with alcohols. Various substrates including benzylic, heteroaromatic, and aliphatic primary and secondary alcohols are employed as alkylating agents. Mechanistic investigations and a kinetic study underpin the involvement of the olefinated intermediate to furnish the alkylated product.