A cobalt-diphosphine catalyst has been found to promote a selective 1:2 coupling reaction between aldehydes and allenes to form β,δ-dialkylidene ketones, featuring skipped diene moieties, with high regioselectivities and stereoselectivities. The reaction is distinct from previously reported, rhodium-catalyzed aldehyde-allene 1:2 coupling to afford β,γ-dialkylidene ketones bearing 1,3-diene moieties. The present hydroacylative dimerization involves a unique allene/allene oxidative cyclization mode to form a C1-C2 linkage between the allene molecules.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry