Rhodium(I)-catalyzed addition of arylboronic acids to (benzyl-/arylsulfonyl)acetonitriles: efficient synthesis of (Z)-β-sulfonylvinylamines and β-keto sulfones.Org Lett. 2011 Jan 21; 13(2):208-11.OL
An efficient rhodium(I)-catalyzed addition of arylboronic acids to (benzyl-/arylsulfonyl)acetonitrile is described. Novel β-sulfonylvinylamine products are formed in a stereoselective fashion (Z-alkene). Upon hydrolysis, useful β-keto sulfones are obtained with a broad scope of aryl and sulfonyl substituents.