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Journal of the American Chemical Society

A general copper-BINAP-catalyzed asymmetric propargylation of ketones with propargyl boronates.


PMID 21639096

Abstract

An operationally simple copper-BINAP-catalyzed, highly enantioselective propargylation of ketones is presented. The methodology was developed as an enantioselective process for methyl ethyl ketone and shown to be applicable to a wide variety of prochiral ketones. The resulting homopropargyl adducts are versatile latent carbonyls from which γ-butyrolactones, β-hydroxy methyl ketones, and β-hydroxycarboxylates are readily obtained.