Diastereoselective ring opening of fully-substituted cyclopropanes via intramolecular Friedel–Crafts alkylation†
We herein disclose a diastereoselective ring opening of non-donor–acceptor cyclopropanes via an intramolecular Friedel–Crafts alkylation en route to functionalized dihydronaphthalene scaffolds possessing quaternary carbon stereocentres. The transformation proceeds through a selective bond breaking at the most alkylated carbon centre with a pure retention of configuration. Mechanistic investigations and computational studies revealed that alkoxy functionality is the key for selective bond breaking leading to a complete retention of configuration.
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