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Friedel-Crafts Acylation

Friedel-Crafts Alkylation

This Lewis acid-catalyzed electrophilic aromatic substitution allows the synthesis of alkylated products via the reaction of arenes with alkyl halides or alkenes. Since alkyl substituents activate the arene substrate, polyalkylation may occur. A valuable, two-step alternative is Friedel-Crafts Acylation followed by a carbonyl reduction.


Mechanism of the Friedel-Crafts Alkylation

Using alkenes :

Recent Literature


Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Grown on Carboxy-Functionalized Graphite: An Efficient Reusable Catalyst for Alkylation of Arenes
V. Rajpara, S. Banerjee, G. Sereda, Synthesis, 2010, 2835-2840.


Dicationic Electrophiles from Olefinic Amines in Superacid
Y. Zhang, A. McElrea, G. V. Sanchez, D. Do, A. Gomez, S. L . Aguirre, R. Rendy, D. A. Klumpp, J. Org. Chem., 2003, 68, 5119-5122.


Samarium Triflate-Catalyzed Halogen-Promoted Friedel-Crafts Alkylation with Alkenes
S. Haira, B. Maji, S. Bar, Org. Lett., 2007, 9, 2783-2786.


Dramatic Enhancement of Catalytic Activity in an Ionic Liquid: Highly Practical Friedel-Crafts Alkenylation of Arenes with Alkynes Catalyzed by Metal Triflates
C. E. Song, D.-U. Jung, S. Y. Choung, E. J. Roh, S.-G. Lee, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2004, 43, 6183-6185.


MA-Silica Gel Catalyzed Propargylation of Aromatic Compounds with Arylpropargyl Alcohols under Solvent-Free Conditions
P. Srihari, J. S. S. Reddy, S. S. Mandal, K. Satyanarayana, J. S. Yadav, Synthesis, 2008, 1853-1860.


Metal-Free Tandem Friedel–Crafts/Lactonization Reaction to Benzofuranones Bearing a Quaternary Center at C3 Position
L. Chen, F. Zhou, T.-D. Shi, J. Zhou, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 4354-4362.


Addition of Arylboronic Acids to Arylpropargyl Alcohols en Route to Indenes and Quinolines
J. Panteleev, R. Y. Huang, E. K. J. Lui, M. Lautens, Org. Lett., 2011, 13, 5314-5317.


Conversion of 2-Alkylcinnamaldehydes to 2-Alkylindanones via a Catalytic Intramolecular Friedel-Crafts Reaction
G. B. Womack, J. G. Angeles, V. E. Fanelli, C. A. Heyer, J. Org. Chem., 2007, 72, 7046-7049.