A single copper(II)-catalyzed three-component cascade aminomethylation/cycloisomerization of propiolates to form imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines was explored. A straightforward method was developed for the practical synthesis of functionalized imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines from benzaldehydes, 2-aminopyridines, and propiolate derivatives catalyzed by Cu(OAc)2 hydrate in the presence of air. The protocol is marked by excellent yields, functional group tolerance, and, above all, adaptability to synthesize imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine-based drug molecules such as Alpidem.
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- Organic Chemistry