May 13th, New Paper in Org. Lett. selected as Editors' Choice.
In the publikation with the title "Combining Bidentate Lewis Acid Catalysis and Photochemistry: Formal Insertion of o-Xylene into an Enamine Double Bond" a new reaction pathway for o-quinodimethane derivatives upon irradiation with blue LEDs is presented.
A bidentate Lewis acid catalyzed domino inverse-electron-demand Diels–Alder reaction combined with a photoinduced ring opening formally inserts o-xylene moieties into enamine double bonds. After reduction, phenethylamines were obtained in good yields. The scope of the reaction was determined by variation of all three starting compounds: phthalazines, aldehydes, and amines.