Chemical and electrochemical coupling of heterocyclic substrates.

  • M. Powell

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


A study has been made of the chemical and electrochemical oxidations of certain substituted indoles and isoquinolines. A great deal of time was devoted to the synthesis of 2-(3,4-dimethoxyphenylpropanoyl)indole for electrochemical investigation in an attempt to determine the true structure of the oxidation product from the corresponding 3-substituted indole. A variety of acylated indoles were synthesised for oxidation reactions using palladium (II) acetate and successful coupling reactions were carried out on two 3-benzoyl indole derivatives. 4-(3,4-Dimethoxybenzyl)-6,7-dimethoxy-2-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline has been oxidised electrochemically to a tetracyclic structure whereas electrolysis of the hydrochloride salt of this base leads only to the 4-benzylidene derivative. The mechanistic consequences of this result are discussed. The 4-phenethyl homologue has been oxidised with thallium (III) tri- fluoroacetate and another intramolecular coupling resulted. 4-(3,4-Dimethoxyphenylacetyl)-6,7-dimethoxy-2-methyl-1,2-dihydroisoquinoline was prepared and shown to be electrochemically inert. Finally, a search was made for a synthetic pathway to the corresponding 4-(3,4-dimethoxyphenylpropanoyl) compound.
Date of Award1981
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath

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