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Ligand-Controlled Selectivity in the Desymmetrization of meso Cyclopenten-1,4-diols via Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed Addition of Arylboronic Acids

Frederic Menard, David Perez, Daniela Sustac Roman, Timothy M. Chapman and Mark Lautens*

*Davenport Research Laboratories, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, 80 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3H6, Canada, Email:

F. Menard, D. Perez, D. S. Roman, T. M. Chapman, M. Lautens, J. Org. Chem., 2010, 75, 4056-4068.

DOI: 10.1021/jo100391e

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A highly enantioselective Rh-catalyzed asymmetric allylic substitution allows the desymmetrization of meso cyclopent-2-ene-1,4-diethyl dicarbonates. Depending on the ligand, each of two regioisomeric products can be obtained in good yield and excellent enantioselectivity. Whereas bisphosphine P-Phos ligands form trans-1,2-arylcyclopentenols, Segphos ligands lead predominantly to trans-1,4-arylcyclopentenols.

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Key Words

Cyclopentenes, Allylic Substitutions

ID: J42-Y2010-1620