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Synthesis of allylboronic acids and allylboronates


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Aliphatic, aromatic, heteroaromatic, vinyl, or allylic Grignard reagents react with pinacolborane at ambient temperature in tetrahydrofuran to afford the corresponding pinacolboronates. The initially formed dialkoxy alkylborohydride intermediate quickly eliminates hydridomagnesium bromide and affords the product boronic ester in very good yield. This reaction also can be carried out under Barbier conditions.
J. W. Clary, T. J. Rettenmaier, R. Snelling, W. Bryks, J. Banwell, W. T. Wipke, B. Singaram, J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76, 9602-9610.

A palladium pincer complex catalyzes an allylic C-H borylation of alkenes in high yields. The transformation exhibits high regio- and stereoselectivity with various linear alkenes. Preliminary mechanistic studies indicate that this C-H borylation reaction proceeds via Pd(IV) pincer complex intermediates.
L. Mao, R. Bertermann, K. Emmert, K. J. Szabo, T. B. Marder, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 6586-6589.

An iron-catalyzed direct SN2' dehydroxyboration of allylic alcohols provides (E)-stereoselective allylboronates via a six-membered ring transition state. Allylic alcohols with diverse structures and functional groups, especially derived from natural products, underwent smooth transformation.
W. Su, T.-T. Wang, X.-T. J.-R. Han, X.-L. Zhen, S.-M. Fan, Y.-X. You, Y.-K. Zhang, R.-X. Qiao, Q. Cheng, S. Liu, Org. Lett., 2021, 23, 9094-9099.

Readily available allylic acetates are converted to allylic boronates catalyzed by Ni/PCy3 or Ni/PPh3 complexes with high levels of stereoselectivity and in good yields, whereas the borylation of allylic halides can be accomplished with commercially available Pd catalysts [e.g., Pd2(dba)3, PdCl2, Pd/C].
P. Zhang, I. A. Roundtree, J. P. Morken, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 1363-1365.

P. Zhang, I. A. Roundtree, J. P. Morken, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 1363-1365

The use of low-cost iron(III) acetoacetate and tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) enables a mild direct cross-coupling of alkyl halides with bis(pinacolato)diboron at room temperature. Moreover, the borylation of benzylic or allylic chlorides, tosylates, and mesylates is possible. The reactions show broad functional-group compatibility.
T. C. Atack, R. M. Lecker, S. P. Cook, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 9521-9523.

A copper-catalyzed γ-selective and stereospecific substitution reaction of allylic carbonates with bis(pinacolato)diboron afforded allylboron compounds. Functionalized allylboronates that have an acetal, ester, or isolated alkene were prepared. The reaction of optically active allylic carbonates underwent complete chirality transfer.
H. Ito, C. Kawakami, M. Sawamura, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 16034-16035.

Cu(I)-catalyzed enantioselective substitution of readily available allylic carbonates with bis(pinacolato)diboron afforded various α-chiral allylboronates, including functionalized allylboronates, with high enantiomeric purity.
H. Ito, S. Ito, Y. Sasaki, K. Matsuura, M. Sawamura, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 14856-14857.

A remarkably simple and effective system allows a direct conversion of allylic alcohols into high value allylic boronic esters using commercially available reagents and catalysts.
G. Dutheuil, N. Selander, K. J. Szabó, V. K. Aggarwal, Synthesis, 2008, 2293-2297.

A copper-catalyzed synthesis of benzyl-, allyl-, and allenyl-boronates from benzylic, allylic, and propargylic alcohols, respectively, exhibits a broad reaction scope and high efficiency under mild conditions. Preliminarily mechanistic studies suggest that nucleophilic substitution is involved in this reaction.
L. Mao, K. J. Szabó, T. B. Marder, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 1204-1207.

A copper(I)-catalyzed regio- and stereoselective three-component coupling reactions between gem-dialkylallenes, alkyl halides, and bis(pinacolato)diboron provides sterically congested allylic boronates. A subsequent allylboration of aldehydes diastereoselectively furnished the corresponding homoallylic alcohols that bear a quaternary carbon.
Y. Ozawa, K. Endo, H. Ito, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, 13865-138772.

Phosphine-free Pd complexes together with alkenyl or aryl iodides were very efficient catalysts for 1,2-diboration of allenes. This reaction is completely regioselective and highly stereoselective. Monosubstituted allenes afford diboration products with mainly Z stereochemistry.
F.-Y. Yang, C.-H. Cheng, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2001, 123, 761-762.

A copper(I)-catalyzed γ-boryl substitution of allyl acylals enables an enantioselective synthesis of α-chiral γ-acetoxyallylboronates with high E/Z selectivity and enantioselectivity. A subsequent reaction with aldehydes provides monoprotected anti-1,2-diol derivatives with high stereoselectivity.
Y. Takenouchi, R. Kojima, R. Momma, H. Ito, Synlett, 2017, 28, 270-274.

A new method for the synthesis of substituted 2-acylallylmetal reagents in a highly regio- and stereoselective fashion involving a three-component assembly of allenes, acyl chlorides, and bimetallic reagents (B-B, Si-Si, and Sn-Sn) catalyzed by phosphine-free palladium complexes is described.
F.-Y. Yang, M. Shanmugasundaram, S.-Y. Chuang, P.-J. Ku, M.-Y. Wu, C.-H. Cheng, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 12576-12583.

Palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions of functionalized allylboronic acids with various iodobenzenes under standard Suzuki-Miyaura coupling conditions afforded selectively the branched allylic products in high to excellent yields.
S. Sebelius, V. J. Olsson, O. A. Wallner, K J. Szabó, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 8150-8151.

S. Sebelius, V. J. Olsson, O. A. Wallner, K J. Szabó, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 8150-8151.

A copper-catalyzed formal SN2' defluorinative borylation of 3-substituted 3,3-difluoropropenes provides 3-fluoroallylboronic esters in high yields with excellent Z:E ratios. The primary 3-fluoroallylboronic esters undergo several synthetic sequences involving sigmatropic rearrangements, SE2' substitutions, and SN2' substitutions to give tertiary allylic fluorides.
T. W. Butcher, J. L. Yang, J. F. Hartwig, Org. Lett., 2020, 22, 6805-6809.

A ruthenium-catalyzed hydroboration of ynones provides vinyl α-hydroxylboronates under mild conditions. This reaction features high efficiency, a broad scope, and complete chemo-, regio-, and stereoselectivity, in spite of many possible competitive pathways.
Q. Feng, S. Li, Z. Li, Q. Yan, X. Lin, L. Song, X. Zhang, Y.-D. Wu, J. Sun, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144, 14846-14855.

In situ generation of allylic boronates by iridium-catalyzed borylation of cyclic alkenes in the presence of additives, such as methylimidazole and DBU, followed a reaction with aldehydes allows the synthesis of stereodefined homoallylic alcohols. Cycloalkenes without additives as well as acyclic substrates gave vinylic boronates, which were coupled with organohalides in a Suzuki-Miyaura sequence.
V. J. Olsson, K. J. Szabó, J. Org. Chem., 2009, 74, 7715-7723.

A chemo-, regio-, and stereoselective iron-catalyzed 1,4-hydroboration of dienes affords γ-disubstituted allylboronates. 1,4-Hydroboration of 2-substituted dienes forms products with (E)-trisubstituted double bonds exclusively.
J. Y. Wu, B. Moreau, T. Ritter, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 12915-12917.

Cu-catalyzed highly regio- and stereoselective 1,4-protoboration of dienylboronates provides unsymmetrical 1,4-bifunctional allylboron reagents. A subsequent chemoselective allylboration with aldehydes followed by oxidative workup give diol products with high diastereoselectivity.
S. Gao, M. Wang, M. Chen, Org. Lett., 2018, 20, 7921-7925.

In the presence of a chiral phosphoramidite ligand, the palladium-catalyzed diboration of allenes can be executed with high enantioselectivity with a range of aromatic and aliphatic allenes. A mechanism is proposed based on isotopic-labeling experiments, stereodifferentiating reactions, kinetic analysis, and computational experiments.
H. E. Burks, S. Liu, J. P. Morken, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 8766-8773.

Pd-catalyzed diboration of prochiral allenes occurs exclusively at the internal position and is accelerated in the presence of Lewis basic ligands. A chiral ligand was employed, and the enantiomeric excess of a variety of diboration products was found to be in the range of 86-92% ee.
N. F. Pelz, A. R. Woodward, H. E. Burks, J. D. Sieber, J. P. Morken, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 16328-16329.

An efficient Cu-catalazed borylation of propargylic alcohols provides vinyl-, allyl-, and (E)-2-boryl allylboronates in very good yield with a broad substrate scope under mild conditions. Isolation of an allenyl boronate as the reaction intermediate suggests that an insertion-elimination-type reaction, followed by borylcupration, is involved.
L. Mao, R. Bertermann, K. Emmert, K. J. Szabo, T. B. Marder, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 6586-6589.


Catalyzed by a chiral palladium complex, 1,1-bis(pinacolboronate) esters undergo asymmetric cross-coupling with bromoalkenes to generate allyl boronates with high levels of enantioselectivity. Oxidation of these allyl boronates with hydrogen peroxide provides secondary allylic alcohols, whereas nitrosobenzene as oxidant furnishes nonracemic tertiary allylic alcohols.
B. Potter, A. A. Szymaniak, E. K. Edelstein, J. P. Morken, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 17918-17921.

Bifunctional vinylboroate/allylic acetate esters react with Grignard reagents to form tertiary allylic boronates via an 'ate-mediated allylic substitution' (AMAS) approach. The method tolerates a wide range of substrates and Grignard reagents.
B. A. Ondrusek, J. K. Park, D. T. McQuade, Synlett, 2014, 25, 217-220.

Bis[(pinacolato)boryl]methylzinc halides are solid storable reagents that can be used in copper-catalyzed coupling reactions with vinyliodonium salts under mild conditions. The reaction shows broad scope with respect to vinyliodonium salts, affording various α-boryl-substituted allylboronate esters in good yields. Synthetic applications of the obtained products are also demonstrated.
M. Shin, M. Kim, C. Hwang, H. Lee, H. Kwon, J. Park, E. Lee, S. H. Cho, Org. Lett., 2020, 22, 2476-2480.

Pd-catalyzed enantioselective diborations of prochiral allenes followed by allylation reactions with primary imines provide vinyl boronates which may be oxidized to give nonracemic Mannich products. Alternatively, enantiomerically enriched homoallylic amine derivatives may be obtained by protonation and Suzuki cross-coupling of the vinyl boronate.
J. D. Sieber, J. P. Morken, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 74-75.