Copper-catalyzed gamma-selective allyl-alkyl coupling between allylic phosphates and alkylboranes.J Am Chem Soc. 2010 Mar 10; 132(9):2895-7.JA
Copper-catalyzed allyl-alkyl coupling between allylic phosphates and alkylboranes, prepared by hydroboration of alkenes with 9-BBN-H, takes place with complete gamma- and E-selectivities and with preferential 1,3-anti stereochemistry. The reaction tolerates various functional groups in both the allylic phosphate and alkylborane. Catalytic mechanisms involving transmetalation between a trialkyl(alkoxo)borate and a copper(I) complex to form an alkylcopper(I) species are proposed.