A new class of intermolecular olefin aminooxygenation reaction is described. This reaction utilizes the classic halonium intermediate as a regio- and stereochemical template to accomplish the selective oxyamination of both activated and unactivated alkenes. Notably, urea chemical feedstock can be directly introduced as the N and O source and a simple iodide salt can be utilized as the catalyst. This formal [3+2] cycloaddition process provides a highly modular entry to a range of useful heterocyclic products with excellent selectivity and functional-group tolerance.
Keywords: alkenes; aminooxygenation; cycloaddition; homogeneous catalysis; oxazoline.
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