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Chem Sci. 2016 Feb 1;7(2):1474-1479. Epub 2015 Dec 1.

Rh(III)-Catalyzed Diastereoselective C-H Bond Addition/Cyclization Cascade of Enone Tethered Aldehydes.

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Department of Chemistry, Yale University, Connecticut, 06520, USA. Tel: +1-203-432-2647.


The Rh(III)-catalyzed cascade addition of a C-H bond across alkene and carbonyl π-bonds is reported. The reaction proceeds under mild reaction conditions with low catalyst loading. A range of directing groups were shown to be effective as was the functionalization of alkenyl in addition to aromatic C(sp2)-H bonds. When the enone and aldehyde electrophile were tethered together, cyclic β-hydroxy ketones with three contiguous stereocenters were obtained with high diastereoselectivity. The intermolecular three-component cascade reaction was demonstrated for both aldehyde and imine electrophiles. Moreover, the first x-ray structure of a cationic Cp*Rh(III) enolate with interatomic distances consistent with an η3-bound enolate is reported.

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