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Alkynes as Equivalents of α-Diazo Ketones in Generating α-Oxo Metal Carbenes: A Gold-Catalyzed Expedient Synthesis of Dihydrofuran-3-ones

Longwu Ye, Li Cui, Guozhu Zhang and Liming Zhang*

*Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, Email:

L. Ye, L. Cui, G. Zhang, L. Zhang, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 3258-3259.

DOI: 10.1021/ja100041e (free Supporting Information)


An expedient and reliable method for accessing reactive α-oxo gold carbenes via gold-catalyzed intermolecular oxidation of terminal alkynes offers a safe and economical alternative to strategies based on diazo substrates. Its synthetic potential is demonstrated by expedient preparation of dihydrofuran-3-ones containing a broad range of functional groups.

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Key Words

O-Heterocycles, Ketones, Pyridine N-Oxide

ID: J48-Y2010-0550