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The coupling of carbonyl electrophiles at the donor position of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes is described, representing an inversion of polarity with respect to conventional reactivity modes displayed by these reagents. Specifically, upon exposure of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes to alcohols in the presence of a cyclometalated iridium catalyst modified by (S)-BINAP, catalytic C-C coupling occurs, providing enantiomerically enriched products of carbonyl allylation. Identical products are obtained upon isopropanol-mediated transfer hydrogenation of donor-acceptor cyclopropanes in the presence of aldehydes. The reaction products are directly transformed to cis-4,5-disubstituted ??-lactones.

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Its been far too long since my last post. Between designing a total synthesis proposal for one of my classes, preparing a manuscript (and supporting information) for a project we are wrapping up, and (in the past week) doing a number of reactions, I’ve...