A facile and straightforward synthesis of benzoimidazo[2,1-a]isoquinolines through Ru(II)-catalyzed [4+2] annulation reaction of 2-aryl benzimidazole and styrene has been explored. Tentative mechanistic studies imply the current reaction involves sequential C−C/C−N bond formation through the ortho C−H activation of 2-aryl benzimidazole followed by C−N reductive elimination. This newly developed strategy is widely applicable and tolerates various 2-arylbenzimidazole and vinyl derivatives, and allows the attractive vehicle for direct construction of diverse C6-substituated benzoimidazoisoquinoline scaffold in good yields. (Figure presented.).
- 2-aryl benzimidazole
- Benzoimidazo[2,1-a]isoquinolines Ruthenium
- [4+2] annulation