2010 Volume 39 Issue 3 Pages 248-249
In the presence of a catalytic amount of palladium(II) chloride, β,β-difluorostyrenes bearing a sulfonamido group at the ortho position were treated with trimethylsilyl trifluoromethanesulfonate to afford oxindoles in high yield. The reactions proceeded via 5-endo-trig cyclization, hydrolysis, and desulfonylation. This sequence allowed the transformation of difluorostyrenes into free oxindoles in a one-pot operation.
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