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Palladium-Catalyzed Enantioselective Diboration of Prochiral Allenes

Nicholas F. Pelz, Angela R. Woodward, Heather E. Burks, Joshua D. Sieber and James P. Morken*

*Department of Chemistry, Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, Email:

N. F. Pelz, A. R. Woodward, H. E. Burks, J. D. Sieber, J. P. Morken, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004, 126, 16328-16329.

DOI: 10.1021/ja044167u (free Supporting Information)


Pd-catalyzed diboration of prochiral allenes occurs exclusively at the internal position and is accelerated in the presence of Lewis basic ligands. A chiral ligand was employed, and the enantiomeric excess of a variety of diboration products was found to be in the range of 86-92% ee.

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ID: J48-Y2004-1940