SCIENCE CHINA Chemistry, Volume 62 , Issue 11 : 1542-1546(2019) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11426-019-9627-x

Trifluoromethyl radical triggered radical cyclization of N-benzoyl ynamides leading to isoindolinones

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  • ReceivedAug 30, 2019
  • AcceptedSep 25, 2019
  • PublishedOct 21, 2019



We thank Sorbonne Université, CNRS and Servier for funding. The authors wish to acknowledge the analytical department of IDRS - Servier for the compounds analyses (IR, NMR, HR-MS) and the SRIMC department for the syntheses on big scale. This work was granted access to the high performance computing (HPC) resources of the HPCaVe Centre at Sorbonne Université and to the HPC resources of IDRIS under the allocation 2018-A0050810312 made by GENCI. The authors wish to acknowledge support from the ICMG Chemistry Nanobio Platform-PCECIC, Grenoble, for calculations facilities. Jérémy Forté is acknowledged for the X-ray diffraction analyses as well as Conor Dent Cullen and Scott Warchal for proofreading the manuscript.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  • Scheme 1

    Ynamides as radical acceptors: context and objective of the work (color online).

  • Figure 1

    DFT-computed structure of AE and corresponding Kohn-Sham orbitals (color online).

  • Scheme 2

    Synthesis route for the ynamide 3a (color online).

  • Scheme 3

    By-products formed from the use of the Togni II reagent.

  • Scheme 4

    Scope of the process (E/Z ratio precised).

  • Scheme 5

    Energetic profile for the cyclisation of the ynamide: energies given are ΔG in kcal/mol (color online).

  • Table 1   Optimization of the reaction conditions



    CF3 reagent



    Yield (%), E/Z



    Togni II


    48 h

    36, 97:3



    Togni II b)


    21 h

    45, 50:50



    Togni II


    6 h

    71, 86:14


    4CzIPN b)

    Togni II


    4 h

    50, 92:8


    Ir(ppy)3 b)



    23 h

    14 c), 100:0



    Togni I


    5 h

    64 d), 81:19



    Togni II


    4 h

    54, 85:15



    Togni II


    3 h

    51, 62:38



    Togni II


    24 h

    55, 75:25



    Togni II


    3 h

    62, 92:8

    Reaction conditions: N-benzyl-N-ethynyl-benzamide (3a, 0.2 mmol,1 equiv.), CF3 reagent (1.2 equiv.), catalyst (2.5 mol% unless otherwise specified), solvent (0.1 M, 2 mL), freeze pump, irradiation under blue LEDs for 3–48 h; b) catalyst loading: 5 mol%; c) addition 1.2 equiv. of Li2CO3; d) 2 trials on a 1 mmol scale.


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