Synthesis 2008(17): 2805-2818  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1077890
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N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalysed Oxygen-to-Carbon Carboxyl Transfer of Indolyl and Benzofuranyl Carbonates

Jennifer E. Thomson, Andrew F. Kyle, Katherine A. Gallagher, Philip Lenden, Carmen Concellón, Louis C. Morrill, Andrew J. Miller, Caroline Joannesse, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Andrew D. Smith*
EaStCHEM, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, KY16 9ST, UK
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Received 29 March 2008
Publication Date:
06 August 2008 (eFirst)


The ability of N-heterocyclic carbenes to promote O-to-C carboxyl transfer on a range of indolyl and benzofuranyl carbonates is examined, and the scope and limitations of this process delineated.