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Regio- and Stereoselective Synthesis of Alkyl Allylic Ethers via Gold(I)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Hydroalkoxylation of Allenes with Alcohols

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posted on 2008-05-15, 00:00 authored by Zhibin Zhang, Ross A. Widenhoefer
Reaction of 1-phenyl-1,2-butadiene with 2-phenyl-1-ethanol catalyzed by a 1:1 mixture of a gold(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complex and AgOTf at room temperature for 1 h led to isolation of (E)-(3-phenethoxy-1-butenyl)benzene in 96% yield as a single regio- and stereoisomer. Gold(I)-catalyzed intermolecular allene hydroalkoxylation was effective for monosubsituted, 1,1- and 1,3-disubstituted, trisubstituted, and tetrasubstituted allenes and for a range of primary and secondary alcohols, methanol, phenol, and propionic acid.