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Enantioselective α-Alkenylation of Aldehydes with Boronic Acids via the Synergistic Combination of Copper(II) and Amine Catalysis

Jason M. Stevens and David W. C. MacMillan*

*Merck Center for Catalysis at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, United States, Email:

J. M. Stevens. D. W. C. MacMillan, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 11756-11757.

DOI: 10.1021/ja406356c (free Supporting Information)


A synergistic combination of copper and chiral amine catalysis enables an enantioselective α-alkenylation of aldehydes using boronic acids. The merger of two highly utilized and robust catalytic systems has allowed for the development of a mild and operationally trivial protocol for the direct formation of α-formyl olefins employing common building blocks for organic synthesis.

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