The inter- and intramolecular additions of pronucleophiles to methylenecyclopropanes proceeded smoothly in the presence of catalytic amounts of Pd(PPh3)4, affording hydrocarbonation products in good to high yields. The ring opening of methylenecyclopropanes mainly occurred at the distal position to the exomethylene. In some cases, proximal bond cleavage also took place. The mode of ring opening depended upon both the structure of the pronucleophile and the substituent at the exomethylene carbon.
- Palladium catalyzed reaction