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Heterocycle synthesis: 

Owing to important biological activities, the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds has drawn significant attention from the viewpoint of organic chemist. Selective C–C bond formation or C–X (X = heteroatom) bond formation reactions have been widely used to construct the core of heterocyclic systems. Transition-metal-catalyzed cross coupling reactions have been recently identified as the most versatile and useful methods to form new C–C bonds. Popular cross-coupling reactions required toxic transition metals, pre-functionalized substrates like air-sensitive organometallic reagents and an activated coupling partner. As a consequence, cross-coupling reactions are known to produce undesired toxic side products and heavy metal waste.


Research in the Maiti laboratory was focused on direct functionalization of non-activated C–H bonds to construct a selective C–C bond. This is a convenient and powerful alternative to cross-coupling. We have developed a library of transition-metal-catalyzed intra- and intermolecular reactions to construct a particular heterocyclic core based on C–H activation.

Representative Publications

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Access to Multi-Functionalized Benzofurans through Aryl-Nickelation of Alkynes: Efficient Synthesis of Anti-Arrhythmic Drug Amiodarone 


 Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 131,15955


     Agasti, S.; Pal, T.; Achar, T. K.; Maiti, S.; Pal, D.; Mandal, S.; Daud, K.; Lahiri, G. K.; Maiti, D.

     Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 11039 (VIP Paper)




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