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Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrogen Transfer: Synthesis of Substituted Benzofurans, Benzothiophenes, and Indoles from Benzyl Alcohols

Bruno Anxionnat, Domingo Gomez Pardo, Gino Ricci, Kai Rossen and Janine Cossy*

*Laboratoire de Chimie Organique, ESPCI ParisTech, CNRS, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France, Email:

B. Anxionnat, D. G. Pardo, G. Ricci, K. Rossen, J. Cossy, Org. Lett., 2013, 15, 3876-3879.

DOI: 10.1021/ol401610e


An iridium-catalyzed hydrogen transfer in the presence of p-benzoquinone allows the synthesis of various substituted benzofurans, benzothiophenes, and indoles from substituted benzylic alcohols.

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Key Words

benzofurans, benzothiophenes, indoles, p-benzoquinone

ID: J54-Y2013