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Nitroalkenes as Latent 1,2-Biselectrophiles – A Multicatalytic Approach for the Synthesis of 1,4-Diketones and Their Application in a Four-Step One-Pot Reaction to Polysubstituted Pyrroles

Nitroalkenes as Latent 1,2-Biselectrophiles – A Multicatalytic Approach for the Synthesis of 1,4-Diketones and Their Application in a Four-Step One-Pot Reaction to Polysubstituted Pyrroles
Kirsten Zeitler, Patrick J. W. Fuchs
An NHC-catalyzed nitro-Stetter/elimination/Stetter reaction sequence employs nitroalkenes as latent 1,2-dication synthons providing a novel access to highly useful symmetrical and unsymmetrical 2-aryl substituted 1,4-diketone building blocks from commercially available aldehyde precursors. For less activated (aliphatic) aldehydes, a cooperative catalytic strategy has been developed via the merger of NHC and H-bonding catalysis. To further showcase the versatility of our approach, a great variety of these unprecedented 1,4-diketones are used to efficiently synthesize polysubstituted pyrroles—including those with hetaryl substituents—in good to excellent yields in a multicatalytic metal-free, four-step one-pot cascade reaction under mild, yet robust, conditions.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.joc.7b00830

DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b00830

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