Synthesis of 2,3-disubstituted benzofurans by platinum-olefin-catalyzed carboalkoxylation of o-alkynylphenyl acetals.


The PtCl2-catalyzed cyclization reaction of o-alkynylphenyl acetals 1 in the presence of 1,5-cyclooctadiene produces 3-(alpha-alkoxyalkyl)benzofurans 2 in good to high yields. For example, the reaction of acetaldehyde ethyl 2-(1-octynyl)phenyl acetal (1a), acetaldehyde ethyl 2-(cyclohexylethynyl)phenyl acetal (1c), and acetaldehyde ethyl 2-(phenylethynyl… (More)


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