Indexed on: 23 May '14Published on: 23 May '14Published in: Journal of Organic Chemistry
A tandem reaction of arynes with α- or β-amino ketones has been revealed. Arynes react with β-amino ketones through a cascade insertion-cyclization process to afford N-aryl tetrahydroquinolines in good yield with excellent anti-selectivity. Meanwhile, the coupling of arynes with α-amino ketones produces multisubstituted indolines in high yield with syn-selectivity. A quaternary carbon center can be constructed in this process, and the reaction can be easily scaled up.