Halogen lamp irradiation of benzo[e][1,2,4]triazines 2[X] in CH2Cl2 solutions leads to planar ring-fused 1,4-dihydro[1,2,4]triazin-4-yl radicals 1 through a novel, potentially general, cyclization mechanism. The scope and efficiency of the method were established for unsubstituted and ortho-substituted (X = NH2, Br, NO2) phenoxy, naphthyloxy, and quinolinoxy derivatives 2[X]. The regioselectivity of 2[X] photocyclization was rationalized with DFT computational methods. Radicals 1 were characterized by spectroscopic (UV-vis, EPR), electrochemical, and XRD methods.
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