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Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Cascade Reactions of Arylmethylenecyclopropanes with 1,1,3-Triarylprop-2-yn-1-ols or Their Methyl Ethers

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posted on 06.12.2007, 00:00 by Liang-Feng Yao, Min Shi
Arylmethylenecyclopropanes 1 can react with 3-methoxy-1,3,3-triarylprop-1-yne 2 or 1,1,3-triarylprop-2-yn-1-ol 2-OH to give the corresponding functionalized methylenecyclobutene, cyclobutane, and cyclopropane derivatives in the presence of Lewis acid BF3·OEt2 under mild conditions. A plausible Meyer−Schuster rearrangement mechanism has been proposed.