s-Bond Hydroboration of Cyclopropanes

Hiroki Kondo, Shin Miyamura, Chisa Kobayashi, Arifin, Stephan Irle, Kenichiro Itami, Daisuke Yokogawa, Junichiro Yamaguchi

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Hydroboration of alkenes is a classical reaction in organic synthesis, in which alkenes react with boranes to give alkylboranes, with subsequent oxidation resulting in alcohols. The double bond (π-bond) of alkenes can be readily reacted with boranes owing to its high reactivity. However, the single bond (σ-bond) of alkanes has never been reacted. To pursue the development of σ-bond cleavage, we selected cyclopropanes as model substrates since they present a relatively weak σ-bond. Herein, we describe an iridium-catalyzed hydroboration of cyclopropanes, resulting in β-methyl alkylboronates. These unusually branched boronates can be derivatized by oxidation or cross-coupling chemistry, accessing “designer” products that are desired by practitioners of natural product synthesis and medicinal chemistry. Furthermore, mechanistic investigations and theoretical studies revealed the enabling role of the catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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