A broad variety of unactivated acyclic and alicyclic substrates cleanly undergo site-selective alkenylation of unactivated C(sp3)−H bonds with 1,2-bis(phenylsulfonyl)ethene in the presence of persulfate. This simple transformation furnishes (E)-2-alkylvinylphenylsulfones in up to 88 % yield. In contrast with the previously reported decatungstate protocol, the current method is applicable to alkenylation of sterically hindered C−H bonds. This important advantage significantly broadens the substrate scope, and is attributed to the compact size of the sulfate radical employed in the C−H activation and cleavage.
- C−H activation
- synthetic methods