The combination of diiodomethylboronate ester, CrCl2 with TMEDA promoted borylcyclopropanation of unactivated alkenes under mild conditions. Compared with the typical Simmons-Smith cyclopropanation, the current protocol offers the following advantages: (1) the reaction proceeds stereoselectively with disubstituted alkenes even without hydroxy or alkoxy groups; (2) both electron-rich and electron-deficient alkenes can be applicable; and (3) the reaction does not require potentially flammable alkylzinc. These unique reactivity features result from the steric and electronic nature of the gem-dichromiomethane intermediates.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry