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An Organocatalytic Asymmetric Nazarov Cyclization

Ashok K. Basak, Naoyuki Shimada, William F. Bow, David A. Vicic and Marcus A. Tius*

*Department of Chemistry, 2545 The Mall, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, Email:

A. K. Basak, N. Shimada, W. F. Bow, D. A. Vicic, M. A. Tius, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 8266-8267.

DOI: 10.1021/ja103028r

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An organocatalytic asymmetric Nazarov cyclization of diketoesters, that proceeds by means of a dual activation mechanism, gives rise to cyclic products with two adjacent quaternary asymmetric carbon atoms, one of which is an all-carbon stereocenter, with complete or nearly complete diastereoselectivity and in high enantiomeric excess.

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Key Words

Nazarov Cyclization, Organocatalysis

ID: J48-Y2010-1690