Magnesium-Catalyzed N2-Regioselective Alkylation of 3-Substituted Pyrazoles
Received: 18 June 2019
Accepted after revision: 26 July 2019
09 August 2019 (eFirst)
Published as part of the ISySyCat2019 Special Issue
A highly regioselective Mg-catalyzed alkylation of 3-substituted pyrazoles has been developed to provide N2-alkylated regioisomers. Using α-bromoacetates and acetamides as alkylating agents, this new method was applied to a variety of 3-substituted and 3,4-disubstituted pyrazoles to produce the N2-alkylated products with high regioselectivities ranging from 76:24 to 99:1 and 44–90% yields.
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