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Gianpiero Cera, Stefano Piscitelli, Dr. Michel Chiarucci, Prof. Giancarlo Fabrizi, Dr. Antonella Goggiamani, Rubén S. Ramón, Prof. Dr. Steven P. Nolan and Prof. Marco Bandini One-Pot Gold-Catalyzed Synthesis of Azepino[1,2-a]indoles Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 3 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201205463

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Indoles from scratch: A gold(I)/N-heterocyclic carbene complex (IPr=1,3-di(isopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene) was found to be particularly effective as a catalyst, enabling the one-pot synthesis of tricyclic azepinoindoles by an unprecedented cascade reaction. Readily available substrates, high chemoselectivity, good yields, and water as the only stoichiometric by-product are some of the main advantages of this method.

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