Domino Reaction for the Chemo- and Stereoselective Synthesis of trans-2,3-Dihydrobenzofurans from N-Thiophosphinyl Imines and Sulfur Ylides

A novel domino annulation between sulfur ylides and salicyl N-thiophosphinyl imines was developed. The method allows the synthesis of a highly substituted trans-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran skeleton with high yield and excellent chemo- and stereoselectivity.