Lewis Acid Catalyzed Regioselective Hydroheteroarylation of Pentafulvenes

A diverse approach toward the catalytic regioselective nucleophilic addition of nitrogen heterocycles to Lewis acid activated pentafulvenes has been established. The developed protocol introduces pentafulvenes as nonsymmetrical alkenes for the hydroheteroarylation reaction, providing alkylidenecyclopentenylation at the C-3 position of indoles and the C-2 position of pyrrole.