A cooperative Lewis acid/photocatalytic reduction of arylidene malonates yields a versatile radical anion species. This intermediate preferentially undergoes intermolecular radical-radical coupling reactions, and not the conjugate addition-dimerization reactivity typically observed in the single-electron reduction of conjugate acceptors. Reported here is the development of this open-shell species in intermolecular radical-radical cross couplings, radical dimerizations, and transfer hydrogenations. This reactivity underscores the enabling modularity of cooperative catalysis and demonstrates the utility of stabilized enoate-derived radical anions in intermolecular bond forming reactions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry