The first catalytic intermolecular [2 + 2] cycloaddition of terminal alkynes with electron-deficient alkenes is reported. The reaction proceeds with an 8-quinolinolato rhodium/phosphine catalyst system to give cyclobutenes from various substrates having polar functional groups in high yields with complete regioselectivity.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry