Pd(II)-Catalyzed Enantioselective Desymmetrization of Polycyclic Cyclohexenediones: Conjugate Addition versus Oxidative Heck

Claire J. C. Lamb, Filipe Vilela, Ai-Lan Lee

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Pd(II)-catalyzed desymmetrization of polycyclic cyclohexenediones has been achieved with high enantio- and diastereoselectivities. Up to five contiguous stereocenters are desymmetrized, while simultaneously, an additional stereocenter is created by the enantioselective conjugate addition. Surprisingly, the conjugate addition products dominate even under typical oxidative Heck conditions, and these observations may provide some insight into the competition between the two related reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8689-8694
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number21
Early online date15 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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