Cobalt(III)-catalyzed asymmetric ring-opening of 7-oxabenzonorbornadienes via indole C-H functionalization

Nat Commun. 2023 Feb 25;14(1):1094. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-36723-6.


Asymmetric ring-opening of 7-oxabenzonorbornadienes is achieved via Co-catalyzed indole C-H functionalization. The utilization of chiral Co-catalyst consisting of a binaphthyl-derived trisubstituted cyclopentadienyl ligand resulted in high yields (up to 99%) and excellent enantioselectivity (>99% ee) for the target products with tolerance for diverse functional groups. Opposite diastereoselectivities are obtained with chiral Co-catalyst or Cp*CoI2CO. Combined experimental and computational studies suggest β-oxygen elimination being the selectivity-determining step of the reaction. Meanwhile, the reactions of 7-azabenzonorbornadiene could also be executed in a diastereodivergent manner.

PMID:36841798 | PMC:PMC9968317 | DOI:10.1038/s41467-023-36723-6


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