N-heterocyclic carbene catalysed redox isomerisation of esters to functionalised benzaldehydes

Lisa Candish, Alison Levens, David Lupton

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N-Heterocyclic carbene catalysed redox isomerisation with reduction about the carbonyl has been developed in the transformation of trienyl esters to tetrasubstituted benzaldehydes. The reaction proceeds in good to excellent yield, and in cases that provide 2,2′-biaryls, enantioselectivity is observed. Mechanistic studies demonstrate the intermediacy of a cyclohexenyl β-lactone, while implicating formation of the homoenolate as turnover limiting
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2366-2370
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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