Radical alkylation of isocyanides with amino acid-/peptide-derived Katritzky salts via photoredox catalysis†
An efficient and mild method was developed for the synthesis of 6-alkylated phenanthridines upon visible light irradiation. Bench-stable and easily handled redox-active Katritzky pyridinium salts derived from abundant amino acids/peptides were used as radical precursors for the alkylation of isocyanobiphenyl species. The reaction displays an excellent functional group tolerance and a potential utility for peptide functionalization, allowing access to desired products in good to excellent yields.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC