The coupling of acetals with various alkynes was achieved using only 1 mol% of inexpensive and mild Lewis acid ZnCl2, which furnished propargyl ethers. The coupling was catalyzed by Zn(OMe)Cl, which was generated in situ to form an alkynylzinc species. This protocol was allowed to expand to a one-pot subsequent reaction with allylchlorosilane to obtain a 1,4-enyne product.
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