Synthesis of polysubstituted phenanthridines via ligand-free copper-catalyzed annulation.

A novel procedure for the cascade reaction of the addition of a Grignard reagent to a nitrile with a copper-catalyzed C-N bond coupling was developed, which afforded various polysubstituted phenanthridines in moderate to good yields with tolerance for a wide variety of substrates. Experimental data demonstrated that the reaction proceeded more likely… CONTINUE READING