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Utilization of 1-Oxa-2,2-(dimesityl)silacyclopentane Acetals in the Stereoselective Synthesis of Polyols

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posted on 02.10.2002, 00:00 by Sharon A. Powell, Jason M. Tenenbaum, K. A. Woerpel
We have developed a route for the stereoselective synthesis of 1-oxa-2,2-(dimesityl)silacyclopentane acetals, intermediates in the synthesis of highly functionalized 1,3-diols. This route involves a diastereoselective conjugate addition reaction of a hydrosilyl anion, a subsequent diastereoselective enolate alkylation, and a fluoride-catalyzed intramolecular hydrosilylation reaction to afford the oxasilacyclopentane acetal. A highly selective nucleophilic substitution reaction, followed by oxidation of the C−Si bond, leads to the desired polyol.