Title

Convenient syntheses of 2,2'-biindole

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1999

Abstract

Two new syntheses for 2,2'-biindoles are reported. The first uses a palladium catalyzed annulation of a bis(o-iodophenyl)-α,β-diimine. The method employs mild conditions, gives good yields, and is potentially tolerant of a variety of substituent groups. The second method uses a Wittig reaction between a 2-nitrobenzylphosphonium salt and 2-nitrocinnamaldehyde to form 1,4-bis(2-nitrophenyl)butadiene, which followed by triethylphosphite cyclization to give the biindole.

Publication Title

Heterocyclic Communications

Volume

5

Issue

5

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