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Issue 6, 2017
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Catalytic asymmetric Tamura cycloadditions involving nitroalkenes

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The first examples of asymmetric Tamura cycloaddition reactions involving singly activated alkenes are reported. Homophthalic anhydride reacts with α-methyl nitrosytrenes in the presence of an alkaloid-based catalyst to generate fused bicyclic aromatic ketone products with three new stereocentres (which are susceptible to subsequent equilibration) in 12–99% ee. An unusual equilibration process which occurs in methanolic medium in the absence of a recognisable base via proton transfer at the α-carbon of an ester was investigated experimentally and computationally.

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The article was received on 02 Dec 2016, accepted on 06 Jan 2017 and first published on 23 Jan 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6OB02637K
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017,15, 1463-1474

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    Catalytic asymmetric Tamura cycloadditions involving nitroalkenes

    F. Manoni, U. Farid, C. Trujillo and S. J. Connon, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2017, 15, 1463
    DOI: 10.1039/C6OB02637K

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