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Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2013 Dec 16;52(51):13717-21. doi: 10.1002/anie.201306749. Epub 2013 Oct 23.

One-pot zinc-promoted asymmetric alkynylation/brook-type rearrangement/ene-allene cyclization: highly selective formation of three new bonds and two stereocenters in acyclic systems.

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  • 1Schulich Faculty of Chemistry and the Lise Meitner-Minerva Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, Haifa 32000 (Israel).


It's as easy as 1, 2, 3: In a one-pot sequence, two stereocenters and three new bonds were created with high selectivity through an asymmetric alkynylation of acyl silanes, a tandem Brook-type rearrangement and Zn-ene-allene cyclization, the addition of an electrophile, and finally oxidation. The straightforward nature of the synthetic procedure contrasts strongly with the complexity of the densely functionalized products obtained.

Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


Brook rearrangement; acyl silanes; alkynylation; asymmetric synthesis; zinc

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