New route to α-adducts of homoallylic alcohols by an acid-catalyzed stereospecific allyl-transfer reaction from γ-adducts

Junzo Nokami, Laurence Anthony, Shin Ichi Sumida

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Allylation of aldehydes by an allyl-transfer reaction from the γ-adducts of homoallylic alcohols has been successfully carried out to give the corresponding α-adducts regiospecifically. The reaction proceeds via a hemiacetal (11), derived from an aldehyde and the homoallylic alcohol, followed by a six-membered cyclic transition state (2-oxonia[3.3]-sigmatropic rearrangement) in the presence of a Lewis acid. Moreover, the γ-adducts are restructured into the corresponding α-adducts via a similar transition state by an acid catalyst, in which chirality in both anti- and syn-γ-adducts is stereospecifically transferred to the corresponding E- and Z-α-adducts, respectively, with > 98 % ee.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2909-2913
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Aug 18
Externally publishedYes



  • Alcohols
  • Allyl complexes
  • Allyl-transfer
  • Allylations
  • Homoallylic alcohols
  • Reaction mechanisms

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  • Chemistry(all)

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