We report a novel blue LED mediated intramolecular C−H functionalization of tryptamine derivatives to generate azepino[4, 5-b]indoles (4) in moderate to good yields. By altering the substitution at the tryptamine nitrogen, intramolecular cyclopropanation is achieved in high yields under the same reactions condition to provide natural product inspired polycyclic indoles (6), which are further transformed to spiropiperidino (5 and 8) indoles in decent yields. The mechanism of formation of the compounds was investigated through DFT studies. 

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2 juin 2020

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