1,5-Cyanotrifluoromethylation of Vinylcyclopropanes

  • Author: ChemistryViews.org
  • Published: 02 October 2019
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Source / Publisher: Organic Letters/ACS Publications
  • Associated Societies: American Chemical Society (ACS), USA
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Compounds with trifluoromethyl groups have useful properties, e.g., for pharmaceutical and agrochemical products. These groups can be introduced into molecules, e.g., by trapping ·CF3 radicals with alkenes, combined with a second functionalization to give 1,2-difunctionalized products. There are enantioselective variants of this type of reaction, as well as analogous enantioselective 1,6-difunctionalization reactions. However, enantioselective 1,5-difunctionalization reactions are more challenging.

Xi-Sheng Wang, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, and colleagues have developed a copper-catalyzed enantioselective method for the 1,5-cyanotrifluoromethylation of vinylcyclopropanes (pictured). The team used Togni’s reagent as a source of ·CF3 radicals, Cu(acac)2 (acac = acetylacetone) as a catalyst together with a chiral bisoxazoline ligand, and trimethylsilyl cyanide (TMSCN) as a cyano source to convert vinylcyclopropanes bearing different (hetero)arenes into the desired products.

The reaction proceeds at room temperature and provides good to excellent yields and enantioselectivities. The team proposes a Cu(I)/Cu(III)-catalyzed reaction mechanism that involves the reaction of the ·CF3 radical with the alkene, followed by ring-opening of the cyclopropane, and the remote functionalization with the cyano reagent mediated by the chiral copper complex.


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