An unexpected thermal-ring-rearrangement of benzochromenes to inden-3-yl-naphthols with pTsOH
Described here is the first report of an unexpected thermal-ring rearrangement (TRR) of benzochromenes to indene derivatives promoted by pTsOH. This cascade ring-rearrangement proceeds through the protonation of benzochromenes by an acid catalyst followed by ring-opening and ring-closure by an intramolecular Friedel–Crafts cyclization to provide a new bicyclic framework, inden-3-yl-naphthols bearing a quaternary center, which also exhibited atropisomerism. Regioselectivity, broad substrate scope, high yields, solvent-free conditions and atom economy are the additional high points of this ring-rearrangement.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC