Despite the importance of allylic ylide rearrangements for the synthesis of complex molecules, the catalyst control of [2,3]- and [1,2]-rearrangements remains an unsolved problem. We developed the first regiodivergent [2,3]- and [1,2]-rearrangements of iodonium ylides that are controlled by copper catalysts bearing different ligands. In the presence of a 2,2′-dipyridyl ligand, diazoesters and allylic iodides react via a [2,3]-rearrangement pathway. Alternatively, a phosphine ligand favors the formation of the [1,2]-rearrangement product. A series of α-iodoesters containing a broad range of functional groups were obtained in high yields, regioselectivities, and diastereoselectivities. Deuterium-labeling studies suggest distinct mechanisms for the regioselective rearrangements.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry