Iron-Catalyzed Borrowing Hydrogen C-Alkylation of Oxindoles with Alcohols

Mubarak B. Dambatta, Kurt Polidano, Alexander D. Northey, Jonathan M.J. Williams, Louis C. Morrill

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A general and efficient iron-catalyzed C-alkylation of oxindoles has been developed. This borrowing hydrogen approach employing a (cyclopentadienone)iron carbonyl complex (2 mol %) exhibited a broad reaction scope, allowing benzylic and simple primary and secondary aliphatic alcohols to be employed as alkylating agents. A variety of oxindoles underwent selective mono-C3-alkylation in good-to-excellent isolated yields (28 examples, 50–92 % yield, 79 % average yield).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2345-2349
Number of pages5
Issue number11
Early online date7 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2019

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© 2019 The Authors. Published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.


  • alcohols
  • alkylation
  • borrowing hydrogen
  • iron catalysis
  • oxindoles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Energy


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