Sequential Regioselective C-H Functionalization of Thiophenes.

Organic letters

PubMedID: 27388746

Daniels MH, Armand JR, Tan KL. Sequential Regioselective C-H Functionalization of Thiophenes. Org Lett. 2016;18(14):3310-3.
Herein, the sequential functionalization of 5-membered ring heterocycles is disclosed. By employing a pH sensitive directing group both directed and nondirected C-H activation pathways are available, providing access to 2,3,4- and 2,4,5-substituted thiophenes. The C-H arylation was performed in water, and using a surfactant greatly improved the yield and mass recovery. The use of a directing group with an on/off switch offers a potentially powerful means of generating diversity around medicinally relevant cores.