Synfacts 2007(9): 0940-0940  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-968854
Metal-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis and Stereoselective Reactions
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Stereoselective Synthesis of Homopropargylic Allylic Ethers

Contributor(s): Mark Lautens, Frédéric Ménard
R. A. Brawn, J. S. Panek*
Boston University, USA
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Publication Date:
23 August 2007 (online)


In view of the recent upsurge in the chemistry of alkynes and allenes, practical methods to prepare them in enantiopure form are valuable. A wide variety of densely functionalized homopropargylic ethers were prepared in high diastereoselectivity by a one-pot, three component reaction. The authors used chiral allenylsilanes 2 as nucleophiles to add to aldehydes with complete transfer of chirality. Both enantiomers of the propargylic alcohol were obtained via an enzymatic kinetic resolution on the racemate of 1 on >35 g scale. The key chiral allenylsilane 2 was generated by a stereoselective Johnson-Claisen rearrangement.