Regiocontrolled Coupling of Aromatic and Vinylic Amides with α‑Allenols To Form γ‑Lactams via Rhodium(III)-Catalyzed C–H Activation

2016-10-24T14:03:57Z (GMT) by Zhi Zhou Guixia Liu Xiyan Lu
A mild, regiocontrolled coupling of aromatic and vinylic amides with α-allenols to form γ-lactams via rhodium­(III)-catalyzed C–H activation has been demonstrated. This [4 + 1] annulation reaction provides an efficient method for the synthesis of isoindolinones and 1,5-dihydro-pyrrol-2-ones bearing a tetrasubstituted carbon atom α to the nitrogen atom with good functional group tolerance. The hydroxyl group in the allene substrate is essential in controlling the chemo- and regioselectivity of the reaction probably by coordination interaction with the rhodium catalyst.