Nitrogen atom insertion into indenes to access isoquinolines†
We report a convenient protocol for a nitrogen atom insertion into indenes to afford isoquinolines. The reaction uses a combination of commercially available phenyliodine(III) diacetate (PIDA) and ammonium carbamate as the nitrogen source to furnish a wide range of isoquinolines. Various substitution patterns and commonly used functional groups are well tolerated. The operational simplicity renders this protocol broadly applicable and has been successfully extended towards the direct interconversion of cyclopentadienes into the corresponding pyridines. Furthermore, this strategy enables the facile synthesis of 15N labelled isoquinolines, using 15NH4Cl as a commercial 15N source.