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Indium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Furans and Pyrroles via Cyclization of α-Propargyl-β-keto Esters

Hayato Tsuji, Ken-ichi Yamagata, Yasuyuki Ueda, Eiichi Nakamura*

*Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan, Email:

H. Tsuhi, K.-i. Yamagata, Y. Ueda, E. Nakamura, Synlett, 2011, 1015-1017.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1259930 (free Supporting Information)


In(OTf)3 or In(NTf2)3 effectively catalyze the cycloisomerization reaction of α-propargyl-β-keto esters and their imine analogues to afford trisubstituted furans and pyrroles, respectively. Both terminal and internal alkynes take part in the reaction with good functional-group compatibility in the presence of only a small catalyst loading.

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Key Words

indium catalyst, keto esters, cyclization, furans, pyrroles

ID: J60-Y2011-1110