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Iron-Catalyzed Oxidative Radical Cross-Coupling/Cyclization between Phenols and Olefins


  • This work was supported by the “973” Project from the MOST of China (2012CB725302) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21025206 and 21272180).


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Selectively free: A highly efficient and selective iron-catalyzed oxidative radical cross-coupling/cyclization to prepare dihydrobenzofurans under mild conditions had been established. Phenols and olefins are directly utilized as clean nucleophiles. Mechanistic investigations revealed that the reaction proceeds through a radical pathway, and the high selectivity is due to the Lewis acid.

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