Photocatalysis in Organic Synthesis
- A Minisci-type reaction catalyzed by iodobenzene is disclosed here for the first time. The heteroarylation of unprotected aliphatic alcohols proceeds via alkoxy radical-induced homolytic cleavage of C–H and C–C bonds under photochemical conditions. The use of m-CPBA as the oxidant allows the oxidation of iodobenzene to a hypervalent iodine species, driving the catalytic cycle. The method features mild reaction conditions, broad scope of heteroarenes and alcohols, and scaled up preparations. This approach provides a notable supplement to iodobenzene-catalyzed ionic reactions, and opens up a new avenue for its application in radical chemistry.
- Cyclopropanes constitute a pivotal molecular scaffold in medicinal and agrochemical research and find broad applications in marketed drugs and other bioactive compounds. Their synthesis commonly relies on metal-catalyzed carbene transfer reactions that necessitate the utilization of stereochemically defined olefin starting materials, which in turn requires a high stereochemical fidelity in the olefin synthesis step. Herein, we report on a photocatalytic strategy that allows the use of a mixture of the E- and Z-isomers of such olefins and gives access to a single isomer of the cyclopropane product in a stereoconvergent reaction.