Metal-free synthesis of benzothiophenes via 2-fold C-H functionalization: direct access to materials-oriented heteroaromatics

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Due to their ubiquity in nature and frequent use in organic electronic materials, benzothiophenes are highly sought after. Here we set out an unprecedented procedure for the formation of benzothiophenes via the dual vicinal C–H functionalization of arenes that does not require metal catalysis. This one‐pot annulation proceeds through an interrupted Pummerer reaction/[3,3]‐sigmatropic rearrangement/cyclization sequence to deliver various benzothiophene products. The procedure is particularly effective for the rapid synthesis of benzothiophenes from non‐prefunctionalized polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

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Original languageEnglish
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Early online date3 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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