A Rh-catalyzed asymmetric intramolecular Buchner ring expansion of α-alkyl-α-diazoesters has been developed. The present protocol generates a 5,7-fused ring system in an enantioselective manner while minimizing β-hydrogen migration, which has been a competing reaction when using α-alkyl-α-diazoesters. The ester functionality at the bridgehead position would be a useful synthetic handle for further derivatization to complex molecules including natural products.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry