Rapid Access to Free Phenols by Photocatalytic Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Cyclohexanones at Room Temperature

10 April 2023, Version 1
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Phenols are ubiquitous substructures in natural products and bioactive compounds. However, practical methods for the direct construction of phenols under mild conditions remains challenging. Herein, a photocatalytic acceptorless dehydrogenative aromatization of cyclohexanones or cyclohexenones at room temperature has been developed. The reaction features the visible-light and cobalt co-catalyzed sequential dehydrogenation of in-situ formed enol silyl ethers, which are regarded as a challenging process. This operationally simple method enables a series of phenols with diverse substitution patterns from cyclohexanones or cyclohexenones, providing a general and straightforward method for the synthesis of phenols from simple starting materials under mild conditions.




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