Reported herein is a visible‐light‐mediated radical approach to the α‐alkylation of ketones. This method exploits the ability of a nucleophilic organocatalyst to generate radicals upon S N 2‐based activation of alkyl halides and blue light irradiation. The resulting open‐shell intermediates are then intercepted by weakly nucleophilic silyl enol ethers, which would be unable to directly attack the alkyl halides through a traditional two‐electron path. The method’s mild reaction conditions allowed us to functionalize the α position of ketones with functional groups that are not compatible with classical anionic strategies. In addition, the redox‐neutral nature of this process makes it compatible with a cinchona‐based primary amine catalyst, which was used to develop a rare example of enantioselective organocatalytic radical α‐alkylation of ketones.
A Photochemical Organocatalytic Strategy for the α‐Alkylation of Ketones using Radicals
GO TO OPEN ACCESS Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 9485–9490, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201915814.
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