Photosensitized synthesis of phenanthrene heterocycles from 1- and 9-(aminoalkyl)phenanthrenes

Frederick D. Lewis*, G. Dasharatha Reddy, Bliss E. Cohen

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The photosensitized electron transfer reactions of several 1- and 9-(aminoalkyl)phenanthrenes with metadicyanobenzene have been investigated. These reactions provide an efficient method of synthesis for the skeletal structures of the aporphine, phenanthropiperidine, and phenanthroazepine alkaloids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-538
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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