Intramolecular addition of an O-methyl C(sp3)−H bond across a carbon-carbon double bond occurs in the iridium-catalyzed reaction of methyl 2-(propen-2-yl)phenyl ethers. The Ir/(S)-DTBM-SEGPHOS catalyst promotes the reaction efficiently in toluene at 110–135 °C to afford 3,3-dimethyl-2,3-dihydrobenzofurans. Enantioselective C(sp3)−H addition is achieved in the reaction of methyl 2-(1-siloxyethenyl)phenyl ethers, affording enantioenriched 3-hydroxy-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran derivatives with up to 96% ee. (Figure presented.).
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