Acylamino-Directed Specific Sequential Difunctionalizations of Anilides via Metal-Free Relay Reactions for p-Oxygen and o-Nitrogen Incorporation.

Research paper by Yameng Y Wan, Zhiguo Z Zhang, Nana N Ma, Jingjing J Bi, Guisheng G Zhang

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Journal of Organic Chemistry


Novel acylamino-directed relay disubstitutions realize the sequential difunctionalizations of anilides (1) under mild and metal-free conditions for the first time. This [bis-(trifluoroacetoxy)iodo]benzene (PIFA) and BF3•Et2O promoted straightforward reaction produces a series of p-acetoxyl- or p-alkoxyl-o-nitro-N-arylamides (2), which are key scaffolds of various drugs, functional materials, and bioactive molecules. The flexibility with respect to the functional groups in these products affords this novel protocol excellent versatility for synthetic applications.