Chemoselective formal β-functionalization of substituted aliphatic amides enabled by a facile stereoselective oxidation event†
Aliphatic C–H functionalization is a topic of current intense interest in organic synthesis. Herein, we report that a facile and stereoselective dehydrogenation event enables the functionalization of aliphatic amides at different positions in a one-pot fashion. Derivatives of relevant pharmaceuticals were formally functionalized in the β-position in late-stage manner. A single-step synthesis of incrustoporine from a simple precursor further showcases the potential utility of this approach.