A method for intermolecular [3+2] cycloaddition between aryl cyclopropyl ketones and alkenes involving the combination of Lewis acid and photoredox catalysis is reported. In contrast to other more common methods for [3+2] cycloaddition, these conditions operate using a broad range of both electron-rich and electron-deficient reaction partners. The critical factors predicting the success of these reactions is the redox potential of the cyclopropyl ketone and the ability of the alkene to stabilize a key radical intermediate.
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This work was conducted using funding from the NIH (GM095666). The mass spectroscopy facilities at UW-Madison are funded in part