Harnessing [1,4], [1,5], and [1,6] Anionic Fries-type Rearrangements by Reaction-Time Control in Flow

Heejin Kim, Keita Inoue, Jun Ichi Yoshida

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A series of anionic Fries-type rearrangements of carbamoyl-substituted aryllithium intermediates were controlled by using flow microreactor systems. For the [1,4] and [1,5] rearrangements, the aryllithium intermediate formed before carbamoyl migration and the lithium alkoxide formed after carbamoyl migration can be selectively subjected to subsequent reactions with electrophiles by precisely controlling the residence time and temperature (−25 to −50 °C). In contrast, the [1,6] rearrangement is rather slow even at −25 °C. The absence of crossover products indicates the intramolecular nature of the carbamoyl group migration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7863-7866
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 26
Externally publishedYes

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  • Fries rearrangement
  • aryllithium intermediates
  • flow chemistry
  • microreactors
  • reactive intermediates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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