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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 9, No. 10, 1978, pp.1349-1353
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/R-1978-10-1349
Importance of the Baldwin Rules to the Intramolecular Anodic Coupling of Isoquinoline and Indole Derivatives

Malcolm Sainsbury*

*School of Chemistry, University of Bath, Bath, Avon. BA2 7AY, U.K.


The coupling reactions of radical cations derived from certain isoquinolines and indoles is favoured only when six membered transition states are involved. In the case of 3-substituted indoles initial attack at position-3 occurs, followed by a selective bond breaking and rearrangement.