Iridium-catalyzed ortho -selective C-H silylation of aromatic compounds directed toward the synthesis of π-conjugated molecules with Lewis acid-base interaction

Takayuki Wakaki, Motomu Kanai, Yoichiro Kuninobu

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We successfully developed an iridium-catalyzed ortho-selective C-H silylation of aromatic compounds. The reaction exhibited a wide substrate scope, and a variety of π-conjugated molecules were synthesized in good to excellent yields, even in gram scale. Several silyl groups could also be introduced into the products. The experimental results indicated that the regioselectivity could be controlled by a Lewis acid-base interaction between the Lewis acidic silicon atoms of fluorinated hydrosilanes and the Lewis basic nitrogen atoms of aromatic compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1758-1761
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 3 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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