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Methylenespiro[2.3]hexanes via Nickel-Catalyzed Cyclopropanations with [1.1.1]Propellane

Songjie Yu, Adam Noble, Robin B. Bedford* and Varinder K. Aggarwal*

*School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock’s Close, Bristol BS8 1TS, U.K., Email:,

S. Yu, A. Noble, R. B. Bedford, V. K. Aggarwal, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 20325-20334.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.9b10689 (free Supporting Information)

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Nickel(0) catalysis enables the use of [1.1.1]propellane as a carbene precursor in cyclopropanations of a range of functionalized alkenes to give methylenespiro[2.3]hexane products. Computational studies provide support for initial formation of a Ni(0)-[1.1.1]propellane complex followed by concerted double C-C bond activation to give the key 3-methylenecyclobutylidene-nickel intermediate.

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proposed concerted C-C bond activation (retro-cyclopropanation)

Key Words

cyclopropanes, cyclobutanes

ID: J48-Y2019