An enantioselective NHC (N-heterocyclic carbene) catalyzed synthesis of indenes from bifunctional α,β-unsaturated acyl fluorides and TMS enol ethers has been discovered. The reaction has broad generality (31 examples) and proceeds with high levels of enantioselectivity (most >92:8 er). Mechanistically the reaction likely occurs via a Michael/β-lactonization/decarboxylation sequence. Derivatization studies and limitations are discussed.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|