Fe-Catalyzed Conjunctive Cross-Couplings of Unactivated Alkenes with Grignard Reagents

The first iron-catalyzed three-component cross-coupling of unactivated olefins with alkyl halides and Grignard reagents is reported. The reaction operates under fast turnover frequency and tolerates a diverse range of sp2-hybridized nucleophiles, alkyl halides, and unactivated olefins bearing diverse functional groups to yield the desired 1,2-alkylarylated products with high regiocontrol. Further, we demonstrate that this protocol is amenable for the synthesis of new (hetero)carbocycles including tetrahydrofurans and pyrrolidines via a three-component radical cascade cyclization/arylation that forges three new C-C bonds.