A dual gold(I)-catalyzed three-component reaction was developed to prepare indene-fused carboxylic acid derivatives from diynes, alcohols, and pyridine N-oxides in both inter- and intramolecular fashions. The pyridine N-oxides were found to exhibit distinct selectivity unlike the α-oxo gold carbene intermediates in the well-developed gold-catalyzed oxidative functionalization of alkynes. Experimental studies and DFT calculations support double nucleophilic substitution of a gold vinylidene intermediate.
- Multicomponent reactions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry