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      DFT calculations on the mechanism of copper-catalysed tandem arylation–cyclisation reactions of alkynes and diaryliodonium salts

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          We present a computational mechanistic study on the copper(III)-catalysed carboarylation–ring closure reactions leading to the formation of functionalised heterocycles. We have performed DFT calculations along selected routes and compared their free energy profiles. The calculations considered two viable options for the underlying mechanism which differ in the order of the oxazoline ring formation and the aryl transfer steps. In our model transformation, it was found that the reaction generally features the aryl transfer–ring closing sequence and this sequence shows very limited sensitivity to the variation of the substituent of the reactants. On the basis of the mechanism the origin of the stereoselectivity is ascribed to the interaction of the Cu ion with the oxazoline oxygen driving the ring-closure step selectively.

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                Beilstein J Org Chem
                Beilstein J Org Chem
                Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
                Beilstein-Institut (Trakehner Str. 7-9, 60487 Frankfurt am Main, Germany )
                12 July 2018
                : 14
                : 1743-1749
                [1 ]Török Ignác Secondary School, Gödöllő, Hungary, Present address: St Catharine’s College, Cambridge CB2 1RL, UK
                [2 ]ELTE "Lendület" Laboratory of Catalysis and Organic Synthesis, Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Chemistry, Budapest, Hungary
                [3 ]Servier Research Institute of Medicinal Chemistry, Záhony utca 7, H-1031, Budapest, Hungary
                [4 ]Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Budapest, Hungary
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