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Synthesis of indene frameworks via rhodium-catalyzed cascade cyclization of aromatic ketone and unsaturated carbonyl compounds.


PMID 23470191

Abstract

A novel rhodium(III)-catalyzed direct functionalization of the ortho-C-H bond of aromatic ketone derivatives and an intramolecular cyclization sequence produced indene derivatives in moderate to good yields. This cascade cyclization involves a conjugate addition of α,β-unsaturated ketone and subsequent aldol condensation. The reaction occurred efficiently in the presence of water and under an atmosphere of air.