A method for the catalytic, enantioselective, carbosulfenylation of alkenes to construct 3,4-disubstituted chromans is described. Alkene activation proceeds through the intermediacy of enantioenriched, configurationally stable thiiranium ions generated from catalytic, Lewis base activation of an electrophilic sulfenylating agent. The transformation affords difficult-to-generate, enantioenriched, 3,4-disubstituted chromans in moderate to high yields and excellent enantioselectivities. A variety of substituents are compatible including electronically diverse functional groups as well as several functional handles such as aryl halides, esters, anilines, and phenols. The resulting thioether moiety is amenable to a number of functional group manipulations and transformations. Notably, the pendant sulfide was successfully cleaved to furnish a free thiol which readily provides access to most sulfur-containing functional groups which are present in natural products and pharmaceuticals.
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