Gold-catalyzed [2+2+1] cycloaddition of 1,6-diyne carbonates and esters with aldehydes to 4-(cyclohexa-1,3-dienyl)-1,3-dioxolanes

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: A synthetic method to stereoselectively prepare 4- (cyclohexa-1,3-dienyl)-1,3-dioxolanes in good to excellent yields by gold(I)-catalyzed [2+2+1] cycloaddition of 1,6- diyne carbonates and esters with aldehydes is described. The cascade process involves 1,2-acyloxy migration followed by cyclopropenation and cycloreversion. This leads to an unprecedented [2+2+1] cycloaddition of the resulting alkenylgold carbenoid species, examples of which are extremely rare, with two aldehyde molecules at catalyst loadings as low as 1 mol%. The usefulness of this cycloisomerization chemistry was further demonstrated by the transformation of one example to the corresponding phenol.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713 - 718
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Gold
  • gold catalysis
  • Catalysis

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