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N-Substituted 3(10H)-Acridones as Visible-Light, Water-Soluble Photocatalysts: Aerobic Oxidative Hydroxylation of Arylboronic Acids

Hong-Yan Xie, Li-Shuai Han, Shan Huang, Xiantao Lei, Yong Cheng, Wenfeng Zhao, Hongbin Sun*, Xiaoan Wen* and Qing-Long Xu*

*State Key Laboratory of Natural Medicines, China Pharmaceutical University, 24 Tongjia Xiang, Nanjing 210009, China, Email:,,

H.-Y. Xie, L.-S. Han, S. Huang, X. Lei, Y. Cheng, W. Zhao, H. Sun, X. Wen, Q.-L. Xu, J. Org. Chem., 2017, 82, 5236-5241.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b00487


A water-soluble photocatalyst promotes an aerobic oxidative hydroxylation of arylboronic acids to furnish phenols in excellent yields. This transformation uses visible-light irradiation under environmentally friendly conditions.

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Key Words

Hydroxylation, Oxygen, Green Chemistry, Organocatalysis

ID: J42-Y2017