N-Heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed reaction of 2-aroylvinylcinnamaldehydes with 2-aroylvinylchalcones proceeded via a triple Michael addition and intramolecular lactonization cascade to produce novel 9-(2-aroyl-3-aroylmethyl-1-indanyl)-3-arylindeno[2,1-c]pyran-1-ones in good yields with high diastereoselectivity. This reaction constructed six contiguous stereogenic centers in a single reactive event. Among 32 possible diastereoisomers that contain six stereocenters, only two diastereoisomers were detected with diastereomeric ratios being 10:1–28:1. This work opens up a new avenue for the synthesis of complex indane derivatives, a type of compound that has been reported to possess various biological and pharmaceutical activities.
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Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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