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Synthesis of benzoxepines

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A base-promoted formal [4 + 3] annulation between 2-fluorophenylacetylenes and ketones provides a straightforward access to a wide range of functionalized benzoxepines in good yields. This transition-metal-free reaction proceeds through a tandem α-vinylation of the carbonyl compound followed by an intramolecular nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) reaction of the in situ generated β,γ-unsaturated ketone intermediates.
L. Ouyang, C. Qi, H. He, Y. Peng, W. Xiong, Y. Ren, H. Jiang, J. Org. Chem., 2016, 81, 912-919.


Readily available o-vinylphenols undergo a formal (5 + 2) cycloaddition to alkynes in the presence of catalytic amounts of [Cp*RhCl2]2 and Cu(OAc)2. The reaction generates highly valuable benzoxepine skeletons in a practical, versatile, and atom-economical manner. Using carbon monoxide instead of an alkyne as reaction partner leads to coumarin products of a formal (5 + 1) cycloaddition.
A. Seoane, N. Casanova, N. Quiñones, J. L. Mascareñas, M. Gulías, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 650-652.


Various benzoxepines were constructed by a regioselective ring expansion concomitant with the introduction of an aryl group at position 5 via migratory insertion into a Pd carbene followed by C-C bond cleavage.
Y. Xie, P. Zhang, L. Zhou, J. Org. Chem., 2016, 81, 2128-2134.