Synthesis of [1,2,3]Triazolo[5,1-a]isoquinoline Derivatives via a Selective Cascade Cyclization Sequence of 1,2-bis(Phenylethynyl)benzene Derivatives

A direct, concise, synthetic method for the generation of [1,2,3]triazolo[5,1-a]isoquinoline derivatives, using a selective cascade cyclization of unsymmetrical substituted 1,2-bis(phenylethynyl)benzene derivatives with NaN3, has been developed. The reaction gave different substituted [1,2,3]triazolo[5,1-a]isoquinolines in moderate to good yields. It was found that the substituents on the alkynes were important for the selectivities of the cascade cyclization sequences.