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Keywords:

  • asymmetric synthesis;
  • hypervalent compounds;
  • iodine;
  • oxidation;
  • quinones
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The hype about iodine(III): A chiral hypervalent iodine(III) reagent (1) is reported to enantioselectively dearomatize phenols in a highly selective manner (see scheme). This result clearly supports existence of the associative pathway in hypervalent iodine(III)-induced phenolic oxidations.