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An Atom-Economic Synthesis of Bicyclo[3.1.0]hexanes by Rhodium N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Diastereoselective Tandem Hetero-[5 + 2] Cycloaddition/Claisen Rearrangement Reaction of Vinylic Oxiranes with Alkynes

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journal contribution
posted on 18.05.2011, 00:00 by Jian-Jun Feng, Junliang Zhang
The first synthetic application of a vinylic oxirane as a heteroatom-containing five-atom component in transition-metal-catalyzed cycloaddition reactions is reported. A new, efficient, diastereoselective tandem intramolecular hetero-[5 + 2] cycloaddition/Claisen rearrangement of vinylic oxirane-alkyne substrates that uses a rhodium NHC complex and provides strategically novel, atom-economic, regiospecific, and diastereoselective access to [3.1.0] bicyclic products has been developed.