Rh(iii)-Catalyzed tandem indole C4-arylamination/annulation with anthranils: access to indoloquinolines and their application in photophysical studies†
An efficient Rh(III)-catalyzed straightforward strategy was developed for the tandem C4 arylamination/annulation of indole derivatives with anthranil to provide indoloquinoline moieties. This method is simple and regioselective with a wide scope and functional group tolerance. Mechanistic studies revealed the important role of the newly installed azacycle in the conversion of O-protected aldoximes to their cyano derivatives. Studies were carried out to explore the promising photophysical properties of the obtained indoloquinoline derivatives.