SCpRh(III)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Synthesis of Atropisomers by C2-Arylation of Indoles with 1-Diazonaphthoquinones

Org Lett. 2022 May 27;24(20):3620-3625. doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.2c01141. Epub 2022 May 16.


The Rh(III)-catalyzed highly enantioselective C2-arylation of indole derivatives with 1-diazonaphthoquinones is reported. In the presence of 2.5 mol % SCpRh complex and 20 mol % AgNO3, the C2-arylation reactions of indoles proceeded smoothly, affording a wide range of C2-arylated indole atropisomers in good yields and enantioselectivity (≤96% yield, ≤97% ee) under mild conditions. The method displays a broad substrate scope and good functional group tolerance.