[Pd]-Catalyzed para-selective allylation of phenols: access to 4-[(E)-3-aryl/alkylprop-2-enyl]phenols†
4-[(E)-3-Arylprop-2-enyl]phenols are omnipresent scaffolds and constitute natural products and biologically significant compounds. Obtusastyrene and obtustyrene are two such phenolic-based natural products isolated from Dalbergia retusa. The development of strategies based on a site-selective allylation, particularly protecting group-free substrates and non-activated coupling agents, is indispensable in organic synthesis. Herein, we present a highly regioselective [Pd]-catalyzed para-allylation of phenols using simple, inactivated allylic alcohols as allylating coupling partners. Notably, this strategy is successful in open-air and under mild reaction conditions. Besides, the efficacy of the present protocol was demonstrated by the direct synthesis of obtusastyrene and obtustyrene.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC