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Asymmetric Addition of Alkylzinc Reagents to Cyclic α,β-Unsaturated Ketones and a Tandem Enantioselective Addition/Diastereoselective Epoxidation with Dioxygen

Sang-Jin Jeon and Patrick J. Walsh*

*P. Roy and Diane T. Vagelos Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 231 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-6323, Email:

S.-J. Jeon, P. J. Walsh, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2003, 125, 9544-9545.

DOI: 10.1021/ja036302t (free Supporting Information)


An asymmetric 1,2-addition of alkyl groups to conjugated cyclic enones gave allylic alcohols with chiral quaternary centers. The resultant allylic alcohols are converted into epoxy alcohols with excellent diastereoselectivities. A semipinacol rearrangement provided α,α-dialkyl-β-hydroxy ketones with all-carbon chiral quaternary centers.

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Key Words

1,2-Addition, Epoxidation, Oxygen, Pinacol Rearrangement

ID: J48-Y2003-1540