Synthesis of indene frameworks via rhodium-catalyzed cascade cyclization of aromatic ketone and unsaturated carbonyl compounds.Org Lett. 2013 Apr 05; 15(7):1476-9.OL
A novel rhodium(III)-catalyzed direct functionalization of the ortho-C-H bond of aromatic ketone derivatives and an intramolecular cyclization sequence produced indene derivatives in moderate to good yields. This cascade cyclization involves a conjugate addition of α,β-unsaturated ketone and subsequent aldol condensation. The reaction occurred efficiently in the presence of water and under an atmosphere of air.