Nickel(II)-Catalyzed Borylation of Alkenyl Methyl Ethers via C–O Bond Cleavage

A new protocol has been developed for the borylation of conjugated alkenyl methyl ethers using B2Pin2 via C–O bond cleavage catalyzed by Ni­(II). In this cross-coupling reaction, both E/Z isomers of alkenyl ethers are converted into (E)-alkenyl boronic esters with good reactivity. This transformation exhibits high chemoselectivity in the presence of competitive C–O bonds such as aryl ether, ester, amide, and thioether groups, thus providing a new method for the construction of various alkenyl boronates.