Design and Development of Fe-Catalyzed Intra- and Intermolecular Carbofunctionalization of Vinyl Cyclopropanes

Design and implementation of the first (asymmetric) Fe-catalyzed intra- and intermolecular difunctionalization of vinyl cyclopropanes (VCPs) with alkyl halides and aryl Grignard reagents has been realized via a mechanistically driven approach. Mechanistic studies support the diffusion of the alkyl radical intermediates out of the solvent cage to participate in an intra- or -intermolecular radical cascade with the VCP followed by re-entering the Fe radical cross-coupling cycle to undergo selective C(sp2)-C(sp3) bond formation. Overall, we provide new design principles for Fe-mediated radical processes and underscore the potential of using combined computations and experiments to accelerate the development of challenging transformations.