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Keywords:

  • azides;
  • electrocyclic reactions;
  • indole;
  • rhodium;
  • synthetic methods

Abstract

Dirhodium(II)-carboxylate complexes were discovered to promote the selective migration of acyl groups in trisubstituted styryl azides to form 1,2,3-trisubstituted indoles. The styryl azides are readily available in three steps from cyclobutanone and 2-iodoaniline.