We describe a two step process for the synthesis of substituted bicyclo[1.1.0]butanes. A photo-Hunsdiecker reaction generates iodo-bicyclo[1.1.1]pentanes under metal-free conditions at room temperature. These intermediates react with nitrogen and sulfur nucleophiles to afford substituted bicyclo[1.1.0]butane products.
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General procedures, NMR data, X-ray crystallographic data.