Intramolecular addition of a C(sp 3)-H bond of the dimethylamino group across the C-C triple bond in 2-alkynyl- N, N -dimethylanilines is effectively catalyzed by a new iridium complex, IrCl(DTBM-SEGPHOS)(C 2H 4), in mesitylene at 150 °C. The intramolecular C(sp 3)-H addition is followed by double-bond isomerization to afford 3-substituted indoles in good to high yields.
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