The first synthesis of substituted fluorenones directly from benzaldehydes and aryl iodides via a Pd(II)-catalyzed C(sp2)-H functionalization cascade is reported. Featuring anthranilic acid as an inexpensive transient directing group, the process is compatible with a variety of benzaldehydes and aryl iodides. A three-step synthesis of the antiviral drug Tilorone was completed in an excellent overall yield (40%), demonstrating the utility of this method.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry