Metal-free iodine(III)-promoted synthesis of isoquinolones.

Abstract

A metal-free oxidative cycloaddition reaction of substituted benzamides and alkynes has been developed for the synthesis of isoquinolones by using bis(trifluoracetoxy)iodobenzene (PIFA) and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). Under mild conditions, a wide variety of isoquinolones were conveniently prepared via oxidative annulation of simple N-methoxybenzamide and diarylacetylene or aryl/alkyl acetylene derivatives in yields up to 87%.

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