Selective Reductive Elimination at Alkyl Palladium(IV) by Dissociative Ligand Ionization: Catalytic C(sp3 )-H Amination to Azetidines.

27 Mar 2018

A palladium(II)-catalyzed γ-C-H amination of cyclic alkyl amines to deliver highly substituted azetidines is reported. The use of a benziodoxole tosylate oxidant in combination with AgOAc was found to be crucial for controlling a selective reductive elimination pathway to the azetidines. The process is tolerant of a range of functional groups, including structural features derived from chiral α-amino alcohols, and leads to the diastereoselective formation of enantiopure azetidines.