Late-stage C-H functionalization

Heterocycles are among the most frequently encountered scaffolds in drugs and pharmaceutically relevant substances. Among the plethora of available methods for their functionalization, the most appealing are those relying on a transition metals-catalyzed direct transformation of the C–H to C–C or C–Heteroatom bonds.

We have developed one-pot sequential multi-step approach to functionalization of aromatic and heterocyclic C–H bonds. The methodology comprises an initial reaction of electron-rich arenes or heteroarenes with a suitable I(III) reagent. The in situ formed unsymmetrical diaryl-λ3-iodanes subsequently undergo Cu or Pd-catalyzed reaction with wide range of oxygen and nitrogen nucleophiles.


Latvian Science Council Grant No. 274/2012