(Equation Presented) Lewis acid-catalyzed opening of oxetanes by hydrogen peroxide proceeds regioselectively and with good to moderate stereoselectivity to furnish enantiomerically enriched 3-hydroperoxyalkanols. The corresponding opening using alkyl hydroperoxides furnishes 3-peroxyalkanols. The hydroperoxyalkanols are easily converted into enantiomerically enriched 1,2,4-trioxepanes, building blocks for antimalarials.
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