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Synthesis of Medium-Sized Carbocycles by Gallium-Catalyzed Tandem Carbonyl–Olefin Metathesis/Transfer Hydrogenation

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posted on 2019-09-23, 16:38 authored by Alexandre Djurovic, Marie Vayer, Zhilong Li, Regis Guillot, Jean-Pierre Baltaze, Vincent Gandon, Christophe Bour
The first examples of a catalytic tandem process involving a ring-closing carbonyl-olefin metathesis and a transfer hydrogenation are described. 1,4-Cyclohexadiene has been used as an H2 surrogate to reduce the cyclic alkenes formed after the metathesis step. The same cationic gallium­(III) complex, [IPr·GaCl2]­[SbF6], performs the two steps with functional group tolerance. This stereoselective reaction leads to 1,2-cis-disubstituted cyclopentanes and various cyclohexanes. DFT computations support an unexpected mechanism involving activation of 1,4-cyclohexadiene by superelectrophilic gallium­(III) dimers.

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