Herein we report a nickel-catalyzed C-C bond-forming reaction between simple alkyl aziridines and organozinc reagents. This method represents the first catalytic cross-coupling reaction employing a nonallylic and nonbenzylic Csp3-N bond as an electrophile. Key to its success is the use of a new N-protecting group (cinsyl or Cn) bearing an electron-deficient olefin that directs oxidative addition and facilitates reductive elimination. Studies pertinent to elucidation of the mechanism of cross coupling are also presented.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry