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Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2021, 17, 1600–1628. https://doi.org/10.3762/bjoc.17.114
Received 26 Feb 2021, Accepted 29 Jun 2021, Published 13 Jul 2021
Diverse strategies for the efficient and attractive synthesis of a wide variety of relevant 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazole molecules are reported. The synthesis of this category of diverse fully functionalized 1,2,3-triazoles has become a necessary and unique research subject in modern synthetic organic key transformations in academia, pharmacy, and industry. The current review aims to cover a wide literature survey of numerous synthetic strategies. Recent reports (2017–2021) in the field of 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles are emphasized in this current review.
Keywords: azides; Click reaction; [3 + 2]‐cycloaddition; fully functionalized 1,2,3-triazoles; N-containing heterocycles; 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles
A high number of N-heterocycles [1-4] are identified, and this number is increasing very quickly [5-8]. Among them, the small heterocyclic ring of the 1,2,3-triazole is present in a broad variety of compounds with not only biological but also industrial significance [9-11]. It possesses a cyclic scaffold with carbon and three nitrogen elements in the ring [12-15]. An immense versatility of biological properties is possessed by 1,2,3‐triazole heterocyclic systems, and many strategies are screened for the synthesis of these rings [16,17]. Notably, triazole rings exhibit various medicinal applications, such as usages as anticancer  anti-HIV , antimalarial , antiplasmodial , and antibacterial agents [1,22]. Some significant triazole derivatives in this context are shown in Figure 1 [8,23-27].
As such, there is still a demand for the expansion of ways to access new 1,2,3-triazole heterocyclic rings in rapid, efficient, and versatile ways. Triazole rings could serve as important intermediates for numerous important organic transformations [28-30]. Diverse applications of these five-membered N-heterocycles are the result of both their easy synthetic procedures and ring functionalization [9,31,32]. Typically, 1,2,3-triazole derivatives are prepared via a 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between azides and alkynes . It is worth noting that the metal-catalyzed Huisgen cycloaddition reaction could provide disubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles. The selective introduction of substituents to three different positions on the 1,2,3-triazole frame can notably improve the features of the molecule. Therefore, practical and cost-effective strategies for the selective preparation of 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles have gained much attention in triazole chemistry. Generally, two protocols for the synthesis of this type of triazole derivatives could be mentioned (metal or metal-free catalysis).
Contrary to sporadic attempts , there is no detailed, systematic, and updated overview covering the synthesis and mechanism aspects of 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles. It is worth noting that several elegant reviews on the subject of substituted triazoles have been published in the last decade [34-36]. A valuable overview on earlier works on the subject of the cyclization reactions between alkynes and nitrogen sources for the synthesis of triazoles has been presented by Zeni and Neto. This review focuses on the preparation of disubstituted triazoles. However, the synthetic routes of a few 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles have been displayed in this review . In 2010, the 3,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,4-triazoles have also been surveyed in a significant review by Fehrentz et al. This review mainly focuses on the preparation of monocyclic 3,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,4-triazoles . In 2017, different methods for the preparation of a range of 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles through multicomponent reactions and the relevant mechanistic aspects have been surveyed by Chen, Ren, et al. .
The 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction between azides and alkynes is the most efficient pathway for the preparation of disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole derivatives. The copper-catalyzed azide–alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) for the synthesis of 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole derivatives was initially discovered by the groups of Meldal and Sharpless. Then, Ru-catalyzed azide–alkyne cycloaddition (RuAAC), affording selectively 1,5-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles, was introduced . In recent years, fully substituted 1,2,3-triazole derivatives have been studied by many research groups (Scheme 1). Among an extensive range of 1,2,3-triazoles, fully decorated 1,2,3-triazoles display a sort of outstanding substance found in plenty biologically important molecules and functionalized materials. As such, the discovery of more effective strategies for the rapid preparation of these significant products is extremely desired. The regioselective synthesis of these compounds mainly includes (i) direct synthesis of fully decorated systems and (ii) postfunctionalization of disubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles. The postfunctionalization of disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole was also explained with a range of C–C- and C–N-bond-forming reactions. A number of fully substituted 1,2,3-triazoles was provided from different compounds in moderate to high yield under mild conditions. In the last years, the exploitation of triazole rings as beneficial directing groups to produce complex triazoles has been screened. Although the postfunctionalization of disubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles may include multistep reactions for the synthesis of this kind of products, it is an easy and efficient strategy (Scheme 1).
The current review considers the synthesis of diverse 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles via metal- and metal-free catalytic routes. Synthesis and mechanism aspects of this category of fully functionalized triazoles are reported in detail in the current review article. We believe a precise and systematic overview on the established protocols for the synthesis of diverse fully decorated triazoles would be helpful to a wide community of researchers working in chemistry laboratories and industries. The present review is intended to describe new reports (2017 to present) concerning the synthesis of diverse fully decorated triazoles. As shown in Figure 1, 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazole derivatives display a privileged class of fully decorated triazoles in Click chemistry extensively found in many biologically important compounds and functionalized frameworks. In this regard, the discovery of diverse procedures for the efficient preparation of these significant products is highly required.
Developing metal-free protocols for the synthesis of triazole derivatives has been considered as growingly attractive yet challenging objectives in the environmental catalysis area. A metal-free protocol has been developed for the synthesis of 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles 3 from the reaction between α-bromo-β-alkylacroleins and α-bromo-β-phenylacroleins 1 and organic azides 2 in chloroform at room temperature (Scheme 2). A low to moderate yield of products was achieved using β-methyl-substituted, long-chain heptyl-substituted, and sterically hindered cyclohexyl-substituted azides. The α-bromo-β-phenylacroleins bearing electron-donating or electron-withdrawing substituents produced the corresponding trisubstituted 3 in good to moderate yield irrespective of the nature and position of the substituent .
The supposed reaction mechanism for the reaction is shown in Scheme 3. Initially, the presence of bromine as an electron-withdrawing substituent lowers the LUMO energy to facilitate the cycloaddition process of acrolein with organic azide. The subsequent elimination of HBr leads to the triazole ring .
Another metal-free strategy to 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles 8 was realized by regioselective reaction of aryl azides 7 with enaminones 6 in the presence of triethylamine, water, and ionic liquid (IL). This method exhibits good functional group compatibility, including using enaminones containing aliphatic and aromatic substituents as well as azide compounds containing electron-donating and -withdrawing groups on the aromatic ring. In all cases, only 4-acyl-substituted regioisomers were obtained (Scheme 4) .
The mechanism was also investigated by means of DFT calculations using the reaction between enaminone 6a and phenyl azide. TS1 and TS2 have been proposed as two transition states, which then converted to IN1 and IN2 as two possible isomers. The stable final products were achieved via a cascade reaction including the elimination of aniline (Scheme 5) .
A one-pot and multicomponent route to 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles 11 containing a carboxylic ester group on the triazole ring was reported by Zhao et al. This strategy generates desired products from the reaction of readily available primary amines 10, 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds 9, and tosyl azide through a cycloaddition process in DCM as solvent and HOAc as additive at 90 °C in moderate to excellent yield (Scheme 6) .
As illustrated in Scheme 7, imine intermediate 12 was generated via the reaction between amine 10 and 1,3-dicarbonyl compound 9. Then, tautomerization of the imine intermediate produces the intermediate enamine 13. The 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of enamine 13 with azide produces intermediate 1,2,3-triazoline 14. In continuation, a ring-opening process is promoted by acetic acid to afford the intermediate 16. Afterward, triazene intermediate 17 was achieved by a tautomerization process. A highly decorated 1,2,3-triazole 11 was formed via cyclization of the intermediate 17 along with the loss of one molecule of TsNH2 .
Fully decorated 1,2,3-triazoles 19 containing a sulfur-based side chain have been synthesized via a cyclization of β-thiolated enaminones 18 with tosyl azide. A wide range of desired 5-thiolated 1,2,3-triazoles 19 has been prepared in good to high yield in H2O as solvent using TMEDA as a weak base, thus providing an environmentally friendly procedure that was demonstrated to be practicable also on a gram scale. A wide range of β-thiolated arylenaminones 19 containing electron-donating and -withdrawing groups were treated with azide under the standard reaction conditions. A variety of groups R1 in the phenyl ring, such as Me, MeO, CF3, Br, Cl, F, NO2, Et, Pr, and iBu were tolerated under the reaction conditions to afford the desired fully substituted triazoles in good to high yield. The phenyl ring could also be replaced by naphthyl and furyl rings to give the corresponding products in good to excellent yield. Besides, aryl and alkyl groups for R2 displayed applicability in the preparation of corresponding 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles. However, N-aryl products were yielded with slightly higher yield than the N-alkylated ones. Furthermore, it is notable that different alkylthio-containing starting materials, such as Et-, Pr-, and iBu-substituted thiolated enaminones, could react with azide substrate to produce corresponding triazole products in moderate yield (Scheme 8) .
The authors proposed a reaction mechanism in which the β-thioenaminone 18 tolerates deprotonation to afford anionic intermediate 21 through the tautomer 20 in the presence of a base. In the next step, the nucleophilic addition of 21 to the azide takes place to form intermediate 22, which subsequently converts to diazo-functionalized intermediate 23. Finally, the intramolecular annulation of intermediate 23 gives corresponding fully decorated 1,2,3-triazole 19 (Scheme 9) .
A domino coupling synthesis of fully decorated 1,2,3-triazole compounds 25 through the regioselective addition and cyclization reaction of 1,1-enediamines (EDAMs) 24 with p-methylbenzenesulfonyl azide in 1,4-dioxane as solvent at reflux was presented by Yan et al. Some substituted EDAMs (R1 = R2) were concluded to be treated with TsN3. In continuation, substituted EDAMs (R1 ≠ R2) were also applied to check the regioselectiveness of this addition and cyclization reaction. The methodology provides a simple, straightforward, and facile path to access fully decorated 1,2,3-triazoles 25 in moderate to good yield. Noticeably, this uncatalyzed addition and cyclization process displayed good regioselectivity (Scheme 10) .
The authors proposed that the reaction may proceed through the mechanism illustrated in Scheme 11. Initially, EDAM 24 is treated with an azide source and subsequently, the intermediate 26 is formed through 1,2-addition reaction. The intermediate 26 is imine–enamine-tautomerized to afford the intermediate 27. Then, the final triazole compound, as major isomer, is achieved through an intermolecular cyclization process and elimination of one unit of TsNH2 .
A general strategy was described for the synthesis of 1,4,5-trisubstituted glycosyl-containing 1,2,3-triazole derivatives 30 from the reaction of glycosyl azides 28 with enolates of active ketones and esters 29 in the presence of DBU in DMF at 70 °C (Scheme 12) . Diverse monosaccharide and disaccharide azides were successfully reacted with a variety of enolates of active ketones and esters 29, such as 1,3-diketones, β-ketoesters, cyclic 1,3-diketone (dimedone), and β-ketoamide, respectively, to afford desired 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles containing glycosyl with high yield. It should be pointed out that no byproducts were recognized under optimized reaction conditions. In addition, a range of functional groups have been investigated, and the results exhibited that they were unaffected. Finally, it would be possible to scale up the reaction with a negligible decrease in the yield of product .
The synthesis of enantiomerically pure 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles 34 via intramolecular cyclization reaction of ketones 31, p-nitrophenyl azide (PNA, 32) and amino esters 33 has been described by Dehaen et al. The products were often obtained in good yield and in all cases with the retention of the configuration of the stereocenter. The reaction was carried out by employing a variety of amino esters and a wide range of (hetero)aromatic and alkyl ketones. Natural products, such as 5α-cholestan-3-one and dihydrotestosterone, were also tolerated, affording a new strategy to modify biologically active compounds. Amino acids, such as tyrosine, ʟ-Phe-ʟ-Phe, glutamic acid, and serine derivatives were proceeded to extend the scope of the reaction (Scheme 13) .
An efficient domino three-component route has been developed for the synthesis of fully decorated 1,2,3-triazoles 38 bearing a sulfonyl group in position 4. The synthesis required aldehydes 35, amines 36, α-diazo-ß-ketosulfones 37, I2, and K2CO3 in EtOH. The scope and limitations of the reaction were assessed using alkyl aldehydes, (hetero)aryl aldehydes, amines, and diazosulfones. Reactions of aryl aldehydes containing a range of different functional groups gave products 38 in very good yield. Because of the faster hydrolysis of the in situ generated imine intermediates, aromatic aldehydes containing electron-withdrawing substituents afforded no product in the reaction. It was proved that a variety of aliphatic primary amines can efficiently produce the triazole products (Scheme 14) .
This one-pot tandem reaction proceeds via formation of a Schiff-base 39 and subsequently 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition to produce the intermediate 42. Then, the intermediate 42 affords the final product 43 via an oxidative aromatization process in the presence of air or iodine (Scheme 15). To propose a precise mechanism, a cyclization reaction was carried out without molecular iodine in an inert atmosphere. No final product was observed, and only 42 was achieved in good yield. However, 42 was effectively transformed into the corresponding product with excellent yield in the presence of molecular iodine (Scheme 15) .
In 2020, Ramachary et al. reported the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of various enones 43 and 46 with less reactive vinyl/alkyl/aryl azides 44 via an enolate-mediated organocatalyst. This protocol provides diverse double C- and N-vinylated 1,2,3-triazole derivatives and C-vinylated 1,2,3-triazole derivatives from azidophilic substrates and different azide derivatives. A short reaction time, good to high yield of products, high diversity, high selectivity, and ease of operation were some benefits of this methodology. The enolate reactivity with azides was compared to enamines. The best conditions were the use of a catalytic amount of DBU in DMSO at room temperature .
The cyclic enones 43 were reacted with the α-azidostyrenes 44 containing groups such as Cl, F, and OMe to form the corresponding products (Scheme 16). The o-, m-, and p-tolylvinyl azides facilitated a good to excellent yield of the products. The tolylvinyl azide substituted with methyl at the ortho position afforded a lower yield of the desired product. The vinyl azides containing 2-naphthyl, β-phenyl, and 1-((2-azidoallyl)oxy)-4-nitrobenzenevinyl azides formed the corresponding products in high yield as well. Moreover, the alkyl-substituted cyclic enones treated successfully with azidophiles to give good yield of the corresponding double C- and N-vinylated 1,2,3-triazole derivatives 45. Then, the reaction was extended to some aryl and alkyl azides and different cyclic enones. Moreover, a variety of vinyl, alkyl, and aryl azides were also applicable in the reaction. In continuation of the study, various alkyl- and aryl-substituted unmodified cyclic enones were explored, and the result was a moderate to good yield of the corresponding products. The reaction was performed well using alkyl-substituted cyclic enone. Finally, acyclic enone 46 reacted with aryl and vinyl azides to afford a moderate to high yield of the triazole products (Scheme 16) .
A simple one-pot two-stage strategy for the synthesis of disubstituted 4-chloro-, 4-bromo-, and 4-iodo-1,2,3-triazoles 50 from the reaction of the corresponding nonactivated alkynes 48 with organic azides was studied by Smirnov et al. The alkynes 48 were subjected to the action of MeMgCl in THF and then, the desired aryl azides were added into the solution, followed by the addition of N-halosuccinimide to give chloro-, bromo-, and iodotriazoles 50 (Scheme 17) . It was found that the reaction requires a strict control of the temperature in the different steps, while the nature and position of the substituents of the aryl azide do not influence the yield of the reaction. The use of aliphatic alkynes, as well as the replacement of bromine and chlorine with iodine, leads to a decrease in the yield .
Some research groups have utilized strain-promoted azide–alkyne cycloaddition reactions (SPAAC) on side chains to afford polymer-based prodrugs. Generally, a range of key strained cyclooctyne derivatives 52 could be reacted with aliphatic azides 51 via this strategy to give fully decorated triazoles 53 (Scheme 18a). A research group reported a novel polymer 56 functionalized by doxorubicin (DOX). To produce this prodrug, cyclooctyne-derivatized doxorubicin 55 was grafted on an azide-functionalized polymer 54. In the final step of the construction of this prodrug, the reaction between 54 and 55 was performed in anhydrous methanol under an argon atmosphere to construct 56. The study on the in vitro drug release showed enhanced drug release at an acidic pH value in comparison to a neutral pH value. Importantly, the amount of DOX required for MCF-7 cells was decreased after the support of DOX molecules on the polymer prodrug, which resulted in reduced side effects (Scheme 18b) [48,49].
The Cu-catalyzed regioselective cyclization of alkynes 57 and azides 58, followed by coupling with propargylic carbonates 59, afforded the corresponding 5-allenyl-1,2,3-triazoles 60 in moderate to excellent yield. The reaction was tolerant to the presence of a range of aryl-, alkyl-, and heteroaryl-substituted alkynes as well as aryl and alkyl azides. Subsequently, the scope of propargylic carbonates was further explored, altogether leading to a moderate to high yield of the products (Scheme 19) .
A reasonable mechanism for this cyclization/coupling reaction involves the generation of a 5-copper(I)-substituted triazolide intermediate 62, which coordinates with propargyl carbonate 59. Further insertion of the C–C triple bond of an alkyne into the Cu–triazole bond gives 64, which then undergoes syn-β-oxygen elimination to provide the target product. On the other hand, an oxidative addition and reductive elimination sequence can also generate the target product (Scheme 20) .
An immobilized copper complex has been found to be efficient for a practical pathway to 5‐alkynyl-1,2,3-triazoles 69 from organic azides 67, alkynes 66, and 1-bromoalkynes 68. To test the scope of this reaction, a number of alkyl- and (hetero)aryl-substituted alkynes as well as (alkyl)aryl azides have been used in this reaction, affording 5-alkynyl-1,2,3-triazoles 69 in good to high yield. Moreover, heteroaryl-substituted 1-bromoalkyne, iPr3Si-substituted 1-bromoalkyne, and a number of alkyl-substituted 1-bromoalkynes were treated in this process to provide the corresponding products with good to high yield (Scheme 21) . It is noteworthy that the immobilized copper complex has been synthesized in some steps. Initially, MCM-41 was reacted with 2-(4-(chloromethyl)phenyl)ethyltrimethoxysilane in toluene at 110 °C for 24 h. The resulting material was then treated with Me3SiCl in toluene at mild temperature to afford the chloromethyl-modified MCM-41 (ClCH2-MCM-41). In the next step, ʟ-proline-modified MCM-41 (ʟ-proline-MCM-41) was produced by the treatment of ClCH2-MCM-41 with N-Boc-trans-4-hydroxy-ʟ-proline in THF in the presence of NaH as base, which was then deprotected using TFA in CH2Cl2. In the last step, the immobilized copper complex (ʟ-proline-MCM-41-CuCl) was obtained by the reaction of ʟ-proline-MCM-41 with CuCl in acetone at mild temperature (Scheme 21) .
A possible mechanism for this reaction is shown in Scheme 22. Initially, copper(I)-substituted acetylide intermediate 70 is produced via the reaction of copper catalyst with the corresponding acetylide by using LiOt-Bu. Further intermolecular [3 + 2]-cycloadditions of azide 67 with intermediate 70 affords a 5-copper(I)-substituted triazolide intermediate 71. The oxidative addition of 1-bromoalkyne 68 forms an alkyne–Cu(III)Br–triazole complex intermediate 72. Finally, a reductive elimination takes place to give the corresponding final product and the catalyst for the next run .
A tandem Click/intramolecular sulfenylation procedure for the synthesis of sulfur-cycle-fused 1,2,3-triazoles 75 and 77 was described by Xu et al. The reaction was performed through a [3 + 2]-cycloaddition between alkynes 73 and 76 and alkylthiotosyl azides 74 using MeOLi in the presence of a copper(I) catalyst in dioxane at room temperature. This Click/intramolecular sulfenylation reaction displayed an extensive scope, complete regioselectivity, and good to high yield of products, allowing the construction of a number of medium- and large-sized triazole-fused heterocycles 75 and 77. Many aliphatic, aromatic, thiophenyl-, and ferrocenyl-substituted acetylenes were found to give excellent results in the reaction with aliphatic tosylthio azides 74 with different chain length (n = 1–3). For azides with n = 3, the reaction was performed using alkynes bearing rather complex R2 substituents, such as tyrosine, glucose, clofibrate, vitamin E, estrone, and oleanane triterpenes, which tolerated the reaction conditions and afforded the corresponding triazoles 77 fused with a six-membered sulfur-containing cycle (Scheme 23) .
Some reactions were performed to screen the reaction mechanism in detail. To find out if the reaction proceeds through a radical pathway, tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPO) was added to the reaction. The corresponding product was obtained in high yield, which displayed that a radical pathway may not be involved. The compound 80 also failed to give the corresponding product under standard conditions, which exhibits that 80 is not an intermediate in this reaction. On the other hand, the 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole did not convert to the corresponding product under the standard conditions, denoting that the reaction did not include the sequence of CuAAC followed by C–H activation. According to these facts, the reaction mechanism may be as below. First, the copper(I)-substituted acetylide 78 was generated via the reaction of the copper source and the alkyne 73 or 76 using a base. This subsequently cyclized with the azide 73 to afford the triazole cuprate intermediate 79. Finally, the resulting intermediate proceeds through an oxidative addition and reductive elimination sequence to give the final product, followed by the next cycle (Scheme 24) .
A one-pot and multicomponent protocol for the synthesis of 5-selanyltriazoles 85 from the reaction of ethynylstibanes 82, organic azides 83, and diaryl diselenides 84 using catalytic amounts of CuI and 1,10-phenanthroline in DMSO at 60 °C under air with good to high yield was presented by Yasuike et al. (Scheme 25). To find the scope of this strategy, diverse ethynylstibanes 82 containing substituents including aryl, vinyl, and alkyl were reacted with organic azides 83 and diaryl diselenides 84 to form desired products. In addition, a variety of organic azides 83 containing substituents such as cinnamyl, (ethoxycarbonyl)methyl, 1-naphthalenemethyl, and (phenylthio)methyl were cyclized with ethynylstibanes 82 and diaryl diselenides 84 to afford the desired triazole products. The reaction between ethynylstibane, organic azide, and a range of diaryl diselenides 84 including sterically hindered o-substituted and heterocyclic derivatives efficiently proceeded to give the desired 5-selanyl-1,2,3-triazoles 85 .
A possible mechanism was suggested and is displayed in Scheme 26. First, the Cu(I)-catalyzed cyclization of ethynylstibane 82 and azide 83 gives the intermediate 86, which attacks the Cu(III) intermediate 87, formed via the reaction between diaryl diselenide 84 and the bimetallic complex [L2Cu]2I2. Next, the produced intermediate 88 undergoes a reductive elimination to achieve intermediate 89 with regeneration of the Cu complex [L2Cu]2I2. Then, nucleophilic attack of the aryl selenide anion to the antimony atom takes place to give 5-selanyltriazole 85 and Ph2Sb–SeAr. Ph2Sb–SeAr is hydrolyzed in aqueous medium to give selenol 90 and Ph2SbOH. Selenol 90 is oxidized in air and transformed into diselenide 84. Therefore, only 0.5 equiv of diaryl diselenide were necessary for the reaction as both of the two selanyl groups are used .
Trisubstituted triazoles 93 containing an Sb substituent at position C5 were prepared via a Cu-catalyzed [3 + 2]-cycloaddition reaction between several ethynylstibanes 91 and benzyl azide 92 using CuBr under air. The reaction proceeded to afford 5-stibanotriazoles 93 in good yield (Scheme 27) . The 5-stibanotriazoles 93 were used as intermediates for the synthesis of 5-unsubstituted triazoles 94 in the presence of HCl (10%) in THF at 0 °C. The antitumor activity of 5-stibanotriazoles 93 as well as 5-unsubstituted triazoles 94 was explored using some tumor cell lines. The results exhibited that 5-stibanotriazoles 93 exerted a superior antitumor activity. Contrariwise, 5-unsubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles showed very low antitumor activity in comparison to 5-stibanotriazoles. Since 5-unsubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles did not display good antitumor activity in comparison to 5-stibanotriazoles, this reinforces the importance of synthesizing 5-stibanotriazoles .
A similar reaction for the regioselective synthesis of triazole disulﬁdes 98 through a copper(I)-catalyzed cycloaddition of azides 95, alkynes 96, and tert-butyl tosyl disulfide (97) was reported by Xu et al. The reaction has been achieved using a catalytic amount of CuI, LiOt-Bu, and 4 Å molecular sieves in THF as solvent at 40 °C under N2 atmosphere for 12 h and proceeds via a multicomponent CuAAC/persulfuration sequence. The strategy features a wide substrate scope, and a wide variety of aliphatic moieties, (hetero)aromatic units with electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups, respectively, and ferrocenyl-substituted terminal alkynes was screened. Diverse triazoles disulﬁdes 98 were achieved in good to high yield. Several aliphatic and aromatic azides were screened, producing a moderate to high yield of the desired products. Moreover, alkynes based on complex molecules, such as glucose, tyrosine, clofibrate, estrone, oleanane triterpenes, and vitamin E tolerated the reaction conditions and afforded the corresponding triazolo disulﬁdes (Scheme 28) .
A probable mechanism for this transformation was proposed as illustrated in Scheme 29. The cycloaddition reaction between copper(I) acetylide 99 and organic azide 95 occurs to obtain the triazole cuprate intermediate 100, which reacts as a nucleophile with the disulfide electrophile 97 to produce the corresponding triazole disulfide 98 .
A convenient route to triazole-fused sultams 104 was reported by Latyshev et al. It comprises a modified CuIAAC cycloaddition to produce intermediate sulfonamide-tethered 5-iodo-1,2,3-triazoles 103, followed by a base-mediated cyclization under catalyst-free conditions. A series of azidobenzenesulfonamides 101 was first synthesized from commercially available orthanilic acid by a three-step procedure and then submitted to cycloaddition with different alkynes 102 using CuI and Cu as copper source, tris([1-(tert-butyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl]methyl)amine (TTTA) as ligand, and THF as solvent at 50 °C. The obtained sulfonamide-tethered 5-iodo-1,2,3-triazoles 103 were then cyclized upon heating in the presence of Cs2CO3 to give triazole-fused sultams 104. A good to excellent yield of sultam derivatives 104 containing aryl and alkyl substituents on the triazole ring was achieved under optimized conditions. The reaction displayed extensive diversity and excellent functional group tolerance It should be noted once again that Cu-catalyzed triazoles were obtained in good to excellent yield by using 10% CuI and 10% Cu, which were subsequently converted to fused sultams (Scheme 30) .
Anand et al. reported a Cu-catalyzed one-pot method for the preparation of 1,2,3-triazole-fused tricyclic heterocycles 106 via an intramolecular [3 + 2]-annulation. This strategy includes the 1,6-conjugate addition of Me3SiN3 to o-alkynylated p-quinone methides 105, followed by an intramolecular Click annulation to provide rapid access to a wide range of desired 1,2,3-triazole-fused isoindolines 108 with a reasonable yield. The reaction was carried out well by using o-alkynylated p-quinone methides 105 and TMSN3 in the presence of a catalytic amount of CuOTf⋅PhMe in DCE at 60 °C. A series of o-alkynylated p-quinone methides containing electron-donating, electron-withdrawing, halogen, and alkyl groups was treated with Me3SiN3 under the optimized reaction conditions and produced the desired fused 1,2,3-triazole derivatives (Scheme 31) .
Two mechanisms for this transformation can be assumed. First, the o-alkynylated p-quinone methide 105 undergoes a 1,6-conjugate addition with Me3SiN3 to give the intermediate 111, followed by the intramolecular Click annulation to afford the final product. A further possibility may be the creation of the 1,2,3-triazole intermediate 107, followed by intramolecular 1,6-conjugate addition to afford the final product. To find the exact mechanism, the reaction was performed in CDCl3 as solvent in an NMR tube with a catalytic amount of AgSbF6 and then, the reaction mixture was analyzed using 1H NMR spectroscopy. The 1H NMR spectrum displayed two peaks at 6.28 and 5.19 ppm related to the benzylic and the phenolic OH protons, respectively, of the intermediate 106 (Scheme 32) .
Preparation of 5-aryl-substituted 1,2,3-triazole derivatives 112 through a Cu-catalyzed reaction of alkynes 109, azides 110, and (hetero)arylboronic acid 111 was reported. The use of a catalytic amount of CuCl and MeOLi as base in CH3CN as solvent was recognized as the optimized conditions. This strategy provided a new procedure for the one-pot synthesis of fully decorated 1,2,3-triazole derivatives 112 in good to excellent yield at room temperature. First, several nonactivated arylalkynes containing electron-rich and electron-deficient groups as well as thiophene derivatives afforded the desired 5-arylated triazole derivatives. Then, the diversity of arylboronic acids was explored. The arylboronic acids containing some electron-rich, electron-deficient, and halogen moieties were good partners in these reactions as well, affording the 5-arylated triazoles with good to excellent yield (Scheme 33) .
A probable mechanism for this transformation is illustrated in Scheme 34. A copper acetylide intermediate 113 is first formed, which trough the CuAAC path generates the C5-cuprate triazole intermediate 115. The oxidative addition of arylboronic acid to the copper center forms the intermediate 116. The reductive elimination occurs to give the corresponding triazole 112 and to reform the copper catalyst for the next run .
A palladium-catalyzed aminocarbonylation reaction of 5-iodo-1,2,3-triazoles to give 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazole-5-carboxamides 119 was introduced by Schwab et al. in 2019. The 5-iodo-1,2,3-triazole 117, amine 118, and CO were reacted in the presence of a catalytic amount of Pd(PPh3)4 as well as KOH in (CH3O)2CO as solvent to obtain 1,2,3-triazole-5-carboxamides 119. The reaction with several aliphatic primary amines led almost exclusively to the corresponding products. However, no product was obtained using aliphatic secondary (aromatic) amines. In the next step, the effect of R1 and R2 groups on the triazole ring was also screened. These groups could be aliphatic or aromatic scaffolds. In almost all cases, the desired triazole compounds were formed in good to high yield. The short reaction time, high yield, the use of dimethyl carbonate as a sustainable solvent, the use of an efficient alternative source of carbon monoxide, and avoiding a pressurized cylinder are some benefits of this protocol (Scheme 35) .
A feasible mechanism is illustrated for the synthesis of 1,2,3-triazole-5-carboxamides. The reaction includes oxidative addition of 5-iodo-1,2,3-triazole 117 to a Pd center to achieve the intermediate 120. The intermediate 121 is formed via coordination and insertion of CO to intermediate 120. Then, the intermediate 122 is obtained via a nucleophilic attack of amine 118. Finally, a reductive elimination occurs in the presence of base to achieve the desired product 119 (Scheme 36) .
Direct arylation of disubstituted triazoles 123 with aryl halides 124 using a Pd/C catalyst under solvent-free conditions to give fully decorated triazoles 125 was reported by Farinola et al. Different aryl iodides containing electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups exhibited good to excellent results in the reaction. Notably, the yield of the Click reaction with 2-iodotoluene decreased due to the steric effects. Moreover, the utilization of an efficient heterogeneous catalyst and insensitivity to air are advantages of this reaction (Scheme 37) .
In 2017, De Borggraeve et al. explained a convenient procedure for the preparation of triazolo[1,5-a]indolones 131 through an intramolecular cyclization via an unprecedented Pd-catalyzed carbonylative C–H functionalization of 1-(2-bromoaryl)-1,2,3-triazoles 130. The triazole derivatives were prepared starting from 2-bromoaniline derivatives 126 that were transformed into desired 1-azido-2-bromobenzenes 127 using t-BuONO and TMSN3. Next, 2-bromophenyl azide derivatives 127 were reacted with phenylacetaldehyde (128) or alkynes 129 to afford sterically hindered 1-(2-bromophenyl)-1,2,3-triazole derivatives 130. The target compounds, triazolo[1,5-a]indolones 131, were then obtained from 130 in high yield using catalytic amounts of Pd(OAc)2 and PCy3, carbon monoxide, and potassium carbonate and with heating in toluene at 120 °C. The structure of one of the products was proved by NMR analysis and X-ray crystallography. A number of different substituents was introduced to the bromotriazole scaffold, where unsubstituted and electron-rich derivatives gave a good yield, while the presence of electron-withdrawing groups decreased the product yield (Scheme 38) .
A number of 4-ethynyl-5-iodo-1,2,3-triazoles 134 have been synthesized through the Cu-catalyzed 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of iododiacetylenes 132 with organic azides 133 using CuI(PPh3)3 and 2,6-lutidine as a catalytic system at room temperature. Then, 4-ethynyl-5-iodo-1,2,3-triazoles 134 were used as starting material in the Sonogashira and Suzuki reactions. The Sonogashira−Hagihara cross-coupling led to alkynylation at position 5 of the triazole ring in the presence of CuI and Pd(PPh3)4 as catalytic system as well as K3PO4 as base in THF as solvent at 65 °C. However, the Suzuki−Miyaura cross-coupling produced a series of 5-aryl-4-ethynyl triazoles 136 in the presence of Pd(PPh3)4 as catalyst and K3PO4 as base in 1,4-dioxane as solvent at 100 °C (Scheme 39) .
A paper by Sekar et al. described the synthesis of polycyclic triazoles 142 through a domino alkyne insertion and C–H bond functionalization reaction sequence with triazole-bearing aryl iodide 140, catalyzed by alloy-structured Pd/Cu bimetallic nanoparticles stabilized by a binaphthyl moiety, Pd/Cu-BNP 139. The Pd/Cu-BNP nanoparticles 139 were demonstrated to be an efficient and recyclable catalyst, and triazoles carrying alkyl substituents as well as electron-rich and electron-poor aryl groups afforded the corresponding products 142 in good to excellent yield. A moderate to good yield was achieved when numerous diarylacetylenes 141 substituted by 4-Me, 4-OMe, F, CF3, CO2Et, and CN were employed in this transformation (Scheme 40). The synthetic route for the Pd/Cu-BNP nanoparticles 139 is also shown in Scheme 40. Pd/Cu-BNP was synthesized by the following procedure as illustrated in Scheme 40. First, 1,1'-binaphthyl-2,2'-diamine (BINAM, 137) was transformed to [1,1'-binaphthalene]-2,2'-bis(diazonium) tetraﬂuoroborate (138) in the presence of HBF4 and NaNO2 at 0 °C. Next, the nanoparticles were obtained from the reduction of Pd(OAc)2 and Cu(OAc)2 employing NaBH4 in the presence of diazonium salt .
A possible mechanism for the synthesis of polycyclic triazoles 142 was proposed by Sekar et al. as well . First, the nanocatalyst 139 is inserted in the C–I bond to obtain the intermediate 143. Then, the insertion of diarylacetylenes 141 forms intermediate 144. In continuation, the acetate anion formed by reaction of AcOH with Et3N undergoes a ligand exchange with iodide to produce the intermediate 145. Later, carboxylate-ligand-assisted C–H bond activation takes place through a concerted metalation–deprotonation transformation to produce the next intermediate. Finally, the corresponding product 142 is formed by a reductive elimination process, along with the regeneration of the active catalytic species for the subsequent catalytic run (Scheme 41) .
Kumar et al. presented a novel protocol for the synthesis of highly functionalized 1,2,3-triazole-fused 5-, 6-, and 7-membered rings 152–154 via azide–alkyne cycloaddition, followed by C(sp2)−H functionalization of the 1,2,3‐triazole intermediate through an isocyanide insertion. The significant benefits of this strategy were simple substrates, few synthetic steps, and high diversity. A range of o‐azidophenols 148 as well as the compounds 150 and 151, along with alkynes 149 and isocyanides, were employed to survey the diversity of highly functionalized tricyclic triazoles 152–154. It was proved that o‐azidophenols 148 react well with alkynes 149 using CuI in DMF at 120 °C and then, the resulting intermediates react with isocyanides using Pd(OAc)2 and an O2 atmosphere at 120 °C to produce the desired products (Scheme 42). o‐Azidophenols 148 were treated with aryl and aliphatic alkyne partners and then with tert-butyl and cyclohexyl isocyanide to give 1,2,3‐triazole-fused oxazines 152. The reaction was extended to 2‐(azidophenyl)methanol species 150, which were treated with ethynylbenzene and cyclohexyl isocyanide, and in all cases, the corresponding oxazepines 153 were obtained in good yield .
The 1-azido-2-bromobenzenes 151 with H, Me, F, Cl, and CF3 substituents, respectively, on the phenyl ring were then tested in the reaction with phenylacetylene (149a), followed by treatment with tert‐butyl isocyanide or cyclohexyl isocyanide under nearly the same conditions to give diverse 1,2,3‐triazole-fused indolylidenes 154. In this case, it was necessary to use PCy3 as a ligand for Pd and N2 atmosphere.
Finally, the reactivity of aromatic and aliphatic alkynes was compared performing the reaction of o‐azidophenol 148a (1 equiv), phenylacetylene (149a, 0.5 equiv) and aliphatic alkyne 149b (0.5 equiv) with tert‐butyl isocyanide (1.0 equiv) under standard reaction conditions (Scheme 42). It was found that the arylalkyne is much more reactive than the aliphatic alkyne under standard reaction conditions, giving the corresponding condensed triazole 152a .
A probable mechanism for this transformation is illustrated in Scheme 43. An azide substrate 148, 150, or 151 is treated with a nonactivated alkyne 149 using CuI as catalyst and K2CO3 as base to obtain the 1,4-disubstitued 1,2,3-triazole intermediate 155–157, respectively. The 1,2,3-triazole-based phenol or alcohol coordinates to the Pd center to form complex 158. Then, the electrophilic palladation of the 1,2,3-triazole ring occurs to achieve Pd(II) intermediate 159. Isocyanide migrates to 159 to obtain the seven‐ or eight‐membered palladium cycle 160. The reductive elimination of 160 takes place, which is followed by tautomerization to produce the desired product 152 or 153 and the Pd(0) species, which is then oxidize to Pd(II) in the presence of O2. Pd(0) species were inserted into bromo-substituted 1,2,3-triazole 155–157, respectively, to afford further intermediate 158'. The isocyanide is inserted into intermediate 158' to achieve intermediate 159'. A 1,2,3-triazole C–H bond activation occurs using palladium, which subsequently undergoes a reductive elimination process to afford final product 154. Likewise, the Pd(0) species is reformed for the next cycle .
The synthesis of fully decorated 1,2,3-triazoles 162, 164, and 166 was reported by Ackermann et al. via intramolecular oxidative C–H arylation of 1,2,3-triazoles 161, 163, and 165 using a reusable palladium catalyst in PEG, Pd@PEG, under O2 atmosphere. The main advantages of this strategy include i) a versatile methodology for aerobic C–H activation; ii) PEG as green and recyclable reaction medium; and iii) a reusable palladium catalyst complex .
Fully functionalized 1,2,3-triazolo-fused chromenes 162, 164, and 166 were regioselectively prepared in moderate yield. The isoindoline-fused triazoles 164 were achieved using dehydrogenative intramolecular cyclization of 4-substituted N-benzyltriazoles 163. A phenyl, alkyl, and CO2Me group, respectively, on the triazole scaffold was tolerated under the reaction conditions to form 4-substituted N-benzyltriazoles (Scheme 44). The substituted phenanthro[9,10-d]triazoles 166 were also prepared through the cyclodehydrogenative arylation of 165. It was demonstrated that the Pd and PEG mixture could be reused for further cycles, and only a catalytic amount of the copper source, pivalic acid, and the substrates needed to be added . As shown in Scheme 44, this methodology was extended to the synthesis of potentially bioactive derivatives, such as heterofused coumarins 162a and 162b, azepinone-like 162c, and steroid-based triazolo-fused isoindoline 162d .
A series of 1,4,5-trisubstituted triazoles 172 was prepared by Ru-catalyzed [3 + 2]-cycloaddition of ynoate esters 170 with azide to produce metal-bound heterocyclic complexes 171 via an intramolecular cycloaddition reaction. The ynoate esters including diethyl acetylenedicarboxylate, ethyl 4,4,4-trifluoro-2-butynoate, methyl phenylpropiolate, and ethyl 2-butynoate successfully generated the metal-bound heterocyclic complexes. The alkylation reaction of 171a led to the bond cleavage between ruthenium and nitrogen to produce several 1-alkylated 4,5-bis(ethoxycarbonyl)-1,2,3-triazoles 172 . Herein, the sodium azide initially reacts with [Ru]–Cl 168 to produce [Ru]–N3 169. Then, the resulting intermediate cyclizes with ynoate ester 170 to form metal-bound heterocyclic complex 171. This metal-bound heterocyclic complex 171 reacts with alkyl halide to produce final product 172 via a bond cleavage between ruthenium and nitrogen (Scheme 45) .
A novel strategy to transform nonactivated aromatic and aliphatic alkynes 173 to 4-cyano-1,2,3-triazoles 175 was developed by Zhu et al. This reaction involved a two-step sequence. Initially, 1-cyanoalkynes 174 were generated and subsequently, final products were formed through a Ru-catalyzed azide–alkyne cycloaddition process. The current protocol tolerates a range of aromatic and aliphatic azides, affording a diverse range of 4-cyano-1,2,3-triazoles 175 (Scheme 46) .
A series of triazene-functionalized triazoles 182 was synthesized in moderate to high yield through an iridium-catalyzed, directing-group-promoted regioselective [3 + 2]-cycloaddition of alkynes 176 and azides 177. The optimized conditions for this reaction were found to be Ir(cod)Cl2 (2 mol %) and CH2Cl2 at room temperature. The obtained triazoles 178 were then transformed into the corresponding 5-aminotriazoles 179 by reduction with Raney nickel in MeOH at 60 °C. In addition, the further transformation of 5-aminotriazoles 179 into more complex derivatives, such as 180–183, was explored .
The Huisgen reaction of structurally diverse 1-alkynyltriazenes bearing 2-ClPh, 3-MePh, 4-FPh, and 4-MeOPh, respectively, with azides was explored (Scheme 47). In all cases, a high yield of the triazole derivative was obtained. The products can also be synthesized by alkynes bearing butyl, phenylethyl, cyclopropyl, and methoxymethyl moieties. Moreover, TMS-substituted alkyne was suitable for this Huisgen reaction to achieve the desired triazole product. Next, some triazene scaffolds, such as dimethylamino-, pyrrolidine-, piperidine-, morpholine-, and piperazine-derived triazenes were screened. Aryl azides containing Br, I, Me, and MeO as well as 2-naphthyl azide have been used to give corresponding triazole derivatives efficiently under optimized reaction conditions. Alkyl azides containing functional groups including phenylethyl, indolyl, cyclohexyl, alkenyl, and alkynyl were suitable in this transformation to form the desired products. This method was then extended to ketone, tosyl, and phthalimide groups on alkyl azides to produce the desired triazole derivatives. The ethylene glycol-, phenylalanine-, and glucose-derived azides were also good candidates to furnish the triazole derivatives. This protocol provides access to various substituted triazoles under mild conditions starting from readily available starting materials, showing broad structural diversity (Scheme 47) .
The authors proposed a reasonable mechanism for this process. First, 1-alkyltriazene 176 and azide 177 are coordinated to the iridium center to form intermediate 184. Subsequently, oxidative coupling of the azide with the β-carbon atom of the 1-alkyltriazene gives the Ir–carbene intermediate 185. In continuation, intermediate 185 can be transferred to intermediate 186, leading to the triazole ligand being coordinated to the Ir center in 187. Finally, the triazole product 178 is released and then, 176 and 177 are coordinated to the Ir center to enable a further catalytic run (Scheme 48) .
Over the last years, the synthesis of highly substituted triazoles has gained extensive interest. This is generally because of the diverse applications of these products in academia, pharmacy, and industry. This overview summarizes the latest advances in the synthesis of fully decorated triazoles. In many cases, the reaction mechanisms of triazole formation have been discussed. The current overview can serve as a base for future advancements in modern protocols for the preparation of new 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles with an extensive range of synthetic, biomedical, and materials applications.