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Sequential Catalytic Isomerization and Allylic Substitution. Conversion of Racemic Branched Allylic Carbonates to Enantioenriched Allylic Substitution Products

Shashank Shekhar, Brian Trantow, Andreas Leitner and John F. Hartwig*

*Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A410 Chemical and Life Sciences Laboratory, 600 S Mathews, Urbana, IL 61801, Email:

S. Shekhar, B. Trantow, A. Leitner, J. F. Hartwig, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 11770-11771.

DOI: 10.1021/ja0644273

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Palladium-catalyzed isomerization of readily accessible racemic, branched aromatic allylic esters to terminal allylic esters, followed by sequential iridium-catalyzed allylic substitution, gave branched allylic amines, ethers, and alkyls in good yield with high regioisomeric and enantiomeric selectivity.

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