A new low-temperature procedure for the synthesis of 3,3-disubstituted 2-oxindoles via cross dehydrogenative coupling (CDC) is reported. The use of a strong, non-reversible base in these reactions has been found to effect a dramatic drop in reaction temperature (to room temperature) relative to the current state-of-the-art (>100 °C). When employing iodine as an 'oxidant', new evidence suggests that this transformation may occur via a transiently stable iodinated intermediate rather than by direct single-electron oxidation.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||The Journal of organic chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Sep 2017|
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