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Regioselective arene homologation through rhenium-catalyzed deoxygenative aromatization of 7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes

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Abstract

Combined use of oxorhenium catalysts with triphenyl phosphite as an oxygen acceptor allowed efficient deoxygenative aromatization of oxabicyclic dienes. The reaction proceeded under neutral conditions and was compatible with various functional groups. Combining this deoxygenation with regioselective bromination and trapping of the generated aryne with furan resulted in benzannulative π-extension at the periphery of the PAHs. This enabled direct use of unfunctionalized PAHs for extension of π-conjugation. Iteration of the transformations increased the number of fused-benzene rings one at a time, which has the potential to alter the properties of PAHs by fine-tuning the degree of π-conjugation, shape, and edge topology.

Graphical abstract: Regioselective arene homologation through rhenium-catalyzed deoxygenative aromatization of 7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes

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The article was received on 11 Jan 2019, accepted on 31 Jan 2019 and first published on 01 Feb 2019


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00270G
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2019, Advance Article

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    Regioselective arene homologation through rhenium-catalyzed deoxygenative aromatization of 7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes

    M. Murai, T. Ogita and K. Takai, Chem. Commun., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9CC00270G

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