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Keywords:

  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • heteroarenes;
  • indoles;
  • oxidizing directing groups;
  • rhodium catalysis
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Fishing for complements! There is an alternative to the useful Fischer indole synthesis. The new method utilizes the same retrosynthetic disconnection but is based on a RhIII-catalyzed directed C[BOND]H activation step and a successive coupling with alkynes.