||Palladium-assisted "aromatic metamorphosis" of dibenzothiophenes into triphenylenes.
Vasu, Dhananjayan ,
Yorimitsu, HidekiOsuka, Atsuhiro
7166 , 2015-05-04 , wiley
Two new palladium-catalyzed reactions of aromatic sulfur compounds enabled the conversion of dibenzothiophenes into triphenylenes in four steps. This transformation of one aromatic framework into another consists of 1) 4-chlorobutylation of the dibenzothiophene to form the corresponding sulfonium salt, 2) palladium-catalyzed arylative ring opening of the sulfonium salt with a sodium tetraarylborate, 3) an intramolecular S(N)2 reaction to form a teraryl sulfonium salt, and 4) palladium-catalyzed intramolecular C-S/C-H coupling through electrophilic palladation. Symmetrical as well as unsymmetrical triphenylenes of interest were synthesized in a tailor-made fashion in satisfactory overall yields.