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, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 171–174 | Cite as

C–H allylation of N-aryl-tetrahydroisoquinolines by merging photoredox catalysis with iodide catalysis

  • Zhujia Feng
  • Tingting Zeng
  • Jun Xuan
  • Yunhang Liu
  • Liangqiu LuEmail author
  • Wen-Jing XiaoEmail author
Articles SPECIAL TOPIC · Organic Photochemistry


A dual catalytic system, combing visible light photoredox catalysis and iodide catalysis, has been developed for the functionalization of inert C–H bonds. By doing so, radical allylation reactions of N-aryl-tetrahydroisoquinolines (THIQs) were realized under extremely mild conditions, affording a wide variety of allyl-substituted THIQs in up to 78% yields.


visible light photocatalysis iodide catalysis allylation tetrahydroisoquinolines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CCNU-uOttawa Joint Research Center, College of ChemistryCentral China Normal UniversityWuhanChina

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