An efficient synthesis of functionalized benzofurans is achieved under mild and metal-free conditions from stable para-quinone methides by treatment with phosphine, acyl chloride, and a base. This one-pot phospha-1,6-addition/O-acylation/Wittig reaction is also demonstrated under catalytic conditions with similar efficacy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry