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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 75, No. 12, 2008, pp.2973-2980
Published online, 17th July, 2008
DOI: 10.3987/COM-08-11458
A Simple and Practical Synthesis of Methyl Benzo[b]furan-3-carboxylates

Ferdinand S. Melkonyan, Nikita E. Golantsov, and Alexander V. Karchava*

*Department of Chemistry, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119992, Russia


A simple and practical two-step procedure for the preparation of 2-unsubstituted 1-benzo[b]furan-3-carboxylic acid methyl esters is described. The procedure uses the copper-catalyzed intramolecular C-O bond formation and provides an efficient route to the title compounds in good to excellent yields.