Stereoselective ring expansion of vinyl oxiranes: Mechanistic insights and natural product total synthesis

Matthew Brichacek, Lindsay A. Batory, Jon T. Njardarson

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"Chemical Equation Presented" What a (strain) relief! The first broadly applicable, catalytic, and stereoselective vinyl oxirane ring expansion is described (see scheme; hfacac = hexafluoroacetylacetonate). The stereoselectivity was influenced by several reaction parameters, and kinetic studies support a mechanistic proposal involving the in situ formation of a more reactive catalytic species. This ring-expansion reaction has been employed in the asymmetric total synthesis of (+)-goniothalesdiol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1648-1651
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number9
StatePublished - Feb 22 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Copper
  • Natural products
  • Oxiranes
  • Stereoselectivity
  • Total synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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