Rhodium-Catalyzed Atroposelective Oxidative C-H/C-H Cross-Coupling Reaction of 1-Aryl Isoquinoline Derivatives with Electron-Rich Heteroarenes

J Am Chem Soc. 2020 Sep 16;142(37):15678-15685. doi: 10.1021/jacs.0c08205. Epub 2020 Sep 3.


Rhodium(III)-catalyzed enantioselective oxidative C-H/C-H cross-coupling reaction between two arenes is disclosed. With the combination of a chiral CpRh(III) complex and a chiral carboxylic acid additive, the direct coupling reactions between 1-aryl isoquinoline derivatives and electron-rich heteroarenes such as thiophenes, furans, benzothiophenes, and benzofurans are realized via a double C-H functionalization process. A series of axially chiral compounds are obtained in excellent yields and enantioselectivities (up to 99% yield and 99% ee). Mechanistic studies suggest that both C-H bond cleavages may not be the turnover-limiting step.

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