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Phenylmagnesium chloride has been used for the conversion of selected nitroarenes into nitrenes. Their insertion into a neighboring sp(2) C-H bond yielded functionalized heterocycles. A novel and mild synthesis of polyfunctional benzimidazoles and indoles is described.

Original publication

DOI

10.1002/chem.200305090

Type

Journal article

Journal

Chemistry

Publication Date

07/11/2003

Volume

9

Pages

5323 - 5331