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Short Paper | Regular issue | Vol 83, No. 4, 2011, pp.855-866
Published online, 23rd February, 2011
DOI: 10.3987/COM-11-12136
Microwave-Assisted, Yb(OTf)3 /TfOH Cocatalyzed Synthesis of Xanthones and Thioxanthones by Intramolecular Friedel-Crafts Reaction under Solvent-Free Conditions

Jie Li, Can Jin, and Weike Su*

*Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Engineering of Ministry of Educations, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014, China


An efficient method for the synthesis of biologically interesting xanthones and thioxanthones was achieved using Yb(OTf)3/TfOH as co-catalysts by a microwave radiation-mediated reaction. Both electron-rich and electron-poor substrates could be cyclized in good yields.