Regioselective arene homologation through rhenium-catalyzed deoxygenative aromatization of 7-oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hepta-2,5-dienes

Masahito Murai, Takuya Ogita, Kazuhiko Takai

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Combined use of oxorhenium catalysts with triphenyl phosphite as an oxygen acceptor allowed efficient deoxygenative aromatization of oxabicyclic dienes. The reaction proceeded under neutral conditions and was compatible with various functional groups. Combining this deoxygenation with regioselective bromination and trapping of the generated aryne with furan resulted in benzannulative π-extension at the periphery of the PAHs. This enabled direct use of unfunctionalized PAHs for extension of π-conjugation. Iteration of the transformations increased the number of fused-benzene rings one at a time, which has the potential to alter the properties of PAHs by fine-tuning the degree of π-conjugation, shape, and edge topology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2332-2335
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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