||Synthesis of Tetraarylmethanes by the Triflic Acid-Promoted Formal Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling of Triarylmethanes with Arenes
Nambo, Masakazu ,
Yim, Jacky C.-H. ,
Fowler, Kevin G.Crudden, Cathleen M.
2940 , 2017-12 , Georg Thieme Verlag
The formal cross-dehydrogenative coupling of triarylmethanes with arenes promoted by triflic acid and 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone is described. This method provides a variety of tetraarylmethane derivatives in good to excellent yields from triarylmethanes that can be readily prepared by our previous methods. Control experiments suggest a possible catalytic cycle involving the generation of a trityl cation intermediate followed by nucleophilic addition of the arene.