Expedient one-pot synthesis of indolo[3,2-c]isoquinolines via a base-promoted N-Alkylation/tandem cyclization

Huy H. Nguyen, James C. Fettinger, Makhluf J. Haddadin, Mark J. Kurth

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A transition metal-free, one-pot protocol has been developed for the synthesis of 11H-indolo[3,2-c]isoquinolin-5-amines via the atom economical annulation of ethyl (2-cyano-phenyl)carbamates and 2-cyanobenzyl bromides. This method proceeds via sequential N-alkylation and base-promoted cyclization. Optimization data, substrate scope, mechanistic insights, and photoluminescence properties are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5429-5433
Number of pages5
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number40
StatePublished - Sep 30 2015



  • Domino process
  • Indolo[3,2-c]isoquinoline
  • One-pot
  • Photoluminescence
  • Tandem cyclization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Drug Discovery

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