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Chemistry. 2013 Oct 11;19(42):14030-3. doi: 10.1002/chem.201301555. Epub 2013 Sep 17.

Direct use of methanol as an alternative to formaldehyde for the synthesis of 3,3'-bisindolylmethanes (3,3'-BIMs).

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School of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (P. R. China).

Abstract

Red card for formaldehyde: The direct coupling of indoles with methanol to 3,3'-bisindolylmethanes with good to excellent yields was accomplished by using a commercially available iridium complex. This study demonstrates the potential of direct use of methanol as an alternative to formaldehyde for synthetic transformations.

KEYWORDS:

bisindolylmethanes; dehydrogenation; homogeneous catalysis; iridium; methanol

PMID:
24108592
DOI:
10.1002/chem.201301555

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