An efficient synthetic procedure for di-cyano-cyclopropanation of alkenes using catalytic amounts of molecular iodine as a precatalyst and tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as a terminal oxidant under mild conditions has been developed. This catalytic reaction works especially well for the aryl-substituted double bond affording products of cyclopropanation in high yields. A catalytic cycle based on the generated in situ hypoiodite species has been proposed,.
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