Rhodium(i)-catalyzed asymmetric [4 + 2] cycloaddition reactions of 2-alkylenecyclobutanols with cyclic enones through C–C bond cleavage: efficient access to trans-bicyclic compounds†
We report a rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric formal intermolecular [4 + 2] cycloaddition reaction of 2-alkylenecyclobutanols with α,β-unsaturated cyclic ketones leading to synthetically useful trans-bicyclic molecules. Three consecutive stereogenic centers are formed in a highly enantio- and diastereoselective manner. Stepwise C–C bond cleavage and annulation are likely involved in the reaction pathway. Here, iPr-Duphos is the viable chiral ligand that promotes excellent enantio-control.