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Deracemization of Quaternary Stereocenters by Pd-Catalyzed Enantioconvergent Decarboxylative Allylation of Racemic β-Ketoesters

Justin T. Mohr, Douglas C. Behenna, Andrew M. Harned, Brian M. Stoltz*

*The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Laboratories of Chemical Synthesis, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E. California Boulevard, MC 164-30, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA, Email:

J. T. Mohr, D. C. Behenna, A. M. Harned, B. M. Stoltz, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005, 44, 6924-6927.

DOI: 10.1002/anie.200502018 (free Supporting Information)


A catalytic enantioconvergent synthesis of quaternary stereocenters from racemates with quaternary stereocenters has been developed. A chiral Pd catalyst is involved in both the stereoablative (C-C bond-breaking) and stereoselective (C-C bond-forming) steps.

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Key Words

allylation, Tsuji-Trost Reaction, asymmetric catalysis, enolates, palladium

ID: J06-Y2005-1670