A remote C–C bond cleavage–enabled skeletal reorganization: Access to medium-/large-sized cyclic alkenes

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Science Advances  03 Nov 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 11, e1701487
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701487


Although great success has been achieved in selective C–C bond cleavage via the intramolecular radical remote migration process of several carbon-based groups, the development of the radical-based remote vinyl migration process remains a formidable challenge because of the energetically unfavorable process. To address this problem, we report here, for the first time, a novel C–C bond reorganization strategy via an unprecedented radical 1,3-, 1,4-, or 1,5-vinyl migration triggered by various types of fluoroalkylation of alkenes for the efficient realization of 1,2-fluoroalkylalkenylation reaction. This strategy provides an expedient and broadly applicable platform to access skeletally and functionally diverse fluoroalkyl-containing medium- and large-sized cyclic alkenes with excellent chemo-, regio-, and stereoselectivity. The broad substrate scope, which covers distinctly electron-neutral or electron-deficient alkenyl migrating groups and various fluoroalkyl radical precursors, the excellent functional group tolerance, the remarkable selectivity, and the operational simplicity, as well as versatile transformations of the products, make this approach practical and attractive.

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