Ligand-Controlled Regiodivergence in the Copper-Catalyzed [2,3]- and [1,2]-Rearrangements of Iodonium Ylides

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Despite the importance of allylic ylide rearrangements for the synthesis of complex molecules, the catalyst control of [2,3]- and [1,2]-rearrangements remains an unsolved problem. We developed the first regiodivergent [2,3]- and [1,2]-rearrangements of iodonium ylides that are controlled by copper catalysts bearing different ligands. In the presence of a 2,2′-dipyridyl ligand, diazoesters and allylic iodides react via a [2,3]-rearrangement pathway. Alternatively, a phosphine ligand favors the formation of the [1,2]-rearrangement product. A series of α-iodoesters containing a broad range of functional groups were obtained in high yields, regioselectivities, and diastereoselectivities. Deuterium-labeling studies suggest distinct mechanisms for the regioselective rearrangements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12073-12076
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number37
StatePublished - Sep 21 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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