Cyclobutyl moieties in drug molecules are rare, and in general, they are minimally substituted and stereochemically simple. Methods to assemble structurally complex cyclobutane building blocks suitable for rapid diversification are thus highly desirable. We report herein a photosensitized [2 + 2] cycloaddition with vinyl boronate esters affording straightforward access to complex, densely functionalized cyclobutane scaffolds. Mechanistic studies suggest an activation mode involving energy transfer to the styrenyl alkene rather than the vinyl boronate ester.
Construction of Complex Cyclobutane Building Blocks by Photosensitized [2+2] Cycloaddition of Vinyl Boronate Esters / Scholz, So; Kidd, Jb; Capaldo, L; Flikweert, Ne; Littlefield, Rm; Yoon, Tp. - In: ORGANIC LETTERS. - ISSN 1523-7060. - 23:9(2021), pp. 3496-3501. [10.1021/acs.orglett.1c00938]