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Enantioselective Reductive Coupling of 1,3-Enynes to Glyoxalates Mediated by Hydrogen: Asymmetric Synthesis of β,γ-Unsaturated α-Hydroxy Esters

Young-Taek Hong, Chang-Woo Cho, Eduardas Skucas and Michael J. Krische*

*Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, Email:

Y.-T. Hong, C.-W. Cho, E. Skucas, M. J. Krische, Org. Lett., 2007, 9, 3745-3748.

DOI: 10.1021/ol7015548


Catalytic hydrogenation of 1,3-enynes in the presence of ethyl glyoxalate at ambient pressure and temperature using a rhodium catalyst modified by (R)-(3,5-tBu-4-MeOPh)-MeO-BIPHEP results in highly regio- and enantioselective reductive coupling to furnish the corresponding α-hydroxy esters.

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Key Words

1,3-Dienes, Allylic Alcohols, Hydrogen, 1,3-Enynes

ID: J54-Y2007-2930