Regiodivergent Stereoselective Access to Fused Alkylideneazetidines

Following recent advances in the generalization and simplification of 2H-azetine synthesis, a regiodivergent approach to fused 2- and 3-alkylideneazetines was designed via the intermediate formation of unprecedented vinylazetine structures. Concise sequences to the latter are described from which an expected unsaturated fused ring system was isolated with very high yields and regio- and stereoselectivities by [4 + 2] cycloadditions.