A rhenium complex, [ReBr(CO)3(thf)]2, catalyzes the reaction of an aromatic aldimine with an isocyanate and an acetylene to give a phthalimidine and an indene derivative in a quantitative yield, respectively. The reactions proceed via C-H bond activation, insertion of the isocyanate or the acetylene, Intramolecular nucleophilic cyclization to the aldimine of the generated amido- or alkenyl-rhenium species, and reductive elimination. In contrast to ruthenium and rhodium catalysts, which are usually employed in this type of reaction, the rhenium catalyst promotes the insertion of a polar unsaturated molecule. This occurs more easily than the insertion of a nonpolar unsaturated molecule.
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