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Nucleophilic heterocyclic carbene catalyzed annulation of enals to chalcones in methanol: a stereoselective synthesis of highly functionalized cyclopentanes.

Organic Chemistry Section, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR), Trivandrum 695 019, India.
Organic Letters (Impact Factor: 6.14). 06/2009; 11(12):2507-10. DOI: 10.1021/ol900571x
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ABSTRACT Homoenolates generated from enals by nucleophilic heterocyclic carbene (NHC) catalysis undergo annulation with chalcones in methanol to afford methyl beta-hydroxycyclopentanecarboxylates, stereoselectively. Construction of four contiguous stereocenters in a stereoselective manner is noteworthy.

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