Cerium-Catalyzed Formal Cycloaddition of Cycloalkanols with Alkenes through Dual Photoexcitation

We describe a synergistic utilization of cerium photocatalysis and photoinduced electron transfer catalysis that enables an atom- and step-economical ring expansion of readily available cycloalkanols. This operationally simple protocol provides rapid access to privileged and synthetically challenging bridged lactones. The mild catalytic manifold has been adapted to continuous flow for scale-up applications and employed for the concise synthesis of polycyclic core of nepalactones.