A Rapid Synthesis of 2-Aryl-5-substituted-2,3-dihydrobenzofurans

An effective strategy has been developed for the rapid and efficient one-pot synthesis of 2-aryl-5-substituted-2,3-dihydrobenzofurans from readily available <i>o</i>-nitrotoluenes and aromatic aldehydes. This strategy allows access to a structurally diverse array of products for further manipulation.