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Publication: Radical Addition/Insertion/Cyclization Cascade Reaction To Assemble Phenanthridines from N-Arylacrylamide Using Cyano as a Bridge under Photoredox Catalysis

Prof. Peipei Sun and Dr. Ping Liu published their collaborative work in the JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (201708,82(15),8148-8156)

A radical addition/nitrile insertion/homolytic aromatic substitution (HAS) cascade reaction to prepare 6-quaternary alkylated phenanthridines was developed. The addition of the active methylene radicals which were generated from 2-bromoacetonitrile, ethyl 2-bromoacetate, 2-bromo-N,N-dimethylacetamide, or 2-bromo-1-phenylethan-1-one to carboncarbon double bonds of N-arylacrylamides followed by the cyano-participating sequential cyclization produced a series of phenanthridines in moderate to good yields under photoredox catalysis.