Stereoselective Preparation of Functionalized Acyclic Alkenylmagnesium Reagents Using <i>i-</i>PrMgCl·LiCl

Acyclic functionalized alkenyl iodides are converted with high stereoselectivity to the corresponding functionalized alkenylmagnesium derivatives by the reaction with <i>i-</i>PrMgCl·LiCl between −40 and −20 °C. Functional groups such as a nitrile, chloride, iodide, and ester are readily tolerated. The conversion of an alkenyl iodide bearing a keto group to the corresponding silylated cyanohydrin allows preparation of the corresponding Grignard reagent affording, after acylation and deprotection, unsaturated 1,4-diketones.