Cobalt-Mediated [3 + 2]-Annulation Reaction of Alkenes with α,β-Unsaturated Ketones and Imines

The utility of cobalt dinitrosyl complexes for the [3 + 2] annulation of alkenes with unsaturated enones and ketimines has been demonstrated. Reaction of a series of cobalt dinitrosyl/alkene adducts with conjugate acceptors in the presence of Sc(OTf)3/LHMDS formed two new C−C bonds at the carbons α to the nitrosyl groups of the substrate, leading to unusual tri- and tetracycles. Retrocycloaddition of these products in the presence of norbornadiene yielded functionalized tetrasubstituted bicyclic olefins.