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Metal-Free, Organocatalytic Syn Diacetoxylation of Alkenes

Wenhe Zhong, Shan Liu, Jun Yang, Xiangbao Meng* and Zhongjun Li*

*The State Key Laboratory of Natural and Biomimetic Drugs, Department of Chemical Biology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100191, P.R. China, Email:,

W. Zhong, S. Liu, J. Yang, X. Meng, Z. Li, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 3336-3339.

DOI: 10.1021/ol301311e


Aryl iodides are efficient catalysts in an organocatalytic syn diacetoxylation of alkenes. A broad range of substrates, including electron-rich as well as electron-deficient alkenes, furnish the desired products in very good yields with high diastereoselectivity.

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Key Words

dihydroxylation, hydrogen peroxide, organocatalysis

ID: J54-Y2012-2160