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Enantioselective Decarboxylative Alkylation of β‑Keto Acids to ortho-Quinone Methides as Reactive Intermediates: Asymmetric Synthesis of 2,4-Diaryl-1-benzopyrans

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posted on 01.05.2018, 18:43 by Hyun Jung Jeong, Dae Young Kim
A novel and efficient asymmetric synthesis of 2,4-diaryl-1-benzopyrans via enantioselective decarboxylative alkylation of β-keto acids to o-QM intermediates, followed by sequential cyclization and dehydration, has been developed. The synthetically useful chiral 2,4-diaryl-1-benzopyran derivatives were obtained in moderate to high yields and high enantioselectivities through a one-pot, two-step sequence. This approach offers a facile way to prepare chiral 2,4-diaryl-1-benzopyran derivatives with a wide range of functional group tolerance.