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Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentanes (BCPs) have found application as bioisosteres of aromatic rings in drug development. However, catalytic construction of this motif with adjacent stereocenters with high enantioselectivity from readily available starting materials still constitutes a significant synthetic challenge. Herein we report a direct stereoselective synthesis of α-chiral allylic BCPs by 1,3-difunctionalization of [1.1.1]propellane with Grignard reagents and allyl carbonates using iridium catalysis. This mild protocol proceeds via initial organometallic addition to [1.1.1]propellane followed by asymmetric allylic substitution, providing the products with high enantioselectivities over a broad range of substrates. Further derivatization of the products demonstrates the applicability of this method to the preparation of structurally diverse libraries of chiral BCP derivatives.
Modular approach to structurally diverse four-membered (spiro)cycles using highly strained precursors
1/04/19 → 30/09/23