Visible-Light-Mediated Photocatalytic Difunctionalization of Olefins by Radical Acylarylation and Tandem Acylation/Semipinacol Rearrangement

Chemistry. 2016 Mar 1;22(10):3292-3295. doi: 10.1002/chem.201504985. Epub 2016 Feb 2.


A novel method for the mild photoredox-mediated tandem radical acylarylation and tandem acylation/semipinacol rearrangement has been developed. The synthesis of highly functionalized ketones bearing all-carbon α- or β-quaternary centers has been achieved using easily available symmetric aromatic carboxylic anhydrides as the acyl radical source. The method allows for a straightforward introduction of the keto functionality and concomitant construction of molecular complexity in a single operation.

Keywords: acylation; cyclization; oxindole; photoredox catalysis; synthetic methods.