A rare example of highly selective σ N-C bond difunctionalization in bridged twisted lactams through N-C cleavage has been achieved. In combination with the intramolecular Heck cyclization, this method affords a two-step bond reorganization event (“sew-and-cut”) to access functionalized isoquinoline ring systems directly with high atom economy. C-H bond functionalizations directed by a weakly coordinating bridged amide bond increase scaffold diversity. Preliminary mechanistic studies on the effect of amide distortion and the role of electrophile in this unusual σ N-C amide difunctionalization are described.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry