Herein, a new copper-catalysed strategy for the synthesis of rare nitrogen-linked seven-, eight- and nine-membered biaryl ring systems is described. It is proposed that the reaction proceeds through a highly activated intramolecularly co-ordinated copper catalyst. The process is technically simple, proceeds under relatively mild conditions, displays a broad substrate scope and forms biologically valuable products that are difficult to synthesise by other methods. We envisage that this methodology will prove useful in a wide synthetic context, with possible applications in both target-oriented and diversity-oriented synthesis.
- medium-ring compounds
- synthetic methods