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(2020) Zhang, Tian Shu; Hao, Wen Juan; Cai, Pei Jun; Li, Guigen (TTU); Tu, Shu Jiang; Jiang, Bo
A new Cu(II)-catalyzed annulation–cyanotrifluoromethylation of 1,6-enynes with Togni's reagent and trimethylsilyl cyanide (TMSCN) has been established, enabling the direct construction of trifluoromethylated 1-indanones with an all-carbon quaternary center in good yields. This reaction was performed by using low-cost Cu(OTf)2 as the catalyst and Togni's reagent as both the radical initiator and a CF3 source, providing an efficient protocol for building up an 1-indanone framework with wide functional group compatibility. The reaction mechanism was proposed through a radical triggered addition/5-exo-dig cyclization/oxidation/nucleophilic cascade.