A stereoselective transformation of α,β-epoxyketones into alkenylphosphates having a hydroxymethyl group on the β-carbon was established by utilizing the [1,2]-phospha-Brook rearrangement under Brønsted base catalysis. The reaction involves the catalytic generation of an α-oxygenated carbanion located at the α-position of an epoxide moiety through the [1,2]-phospha-Brook rearrangement and the following epoxide opening. Further transformation of the alkenylphosphates by the palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction with Grignard reagents provided allylic alcohols having a stereodefined all-carbon tetrasubstituted alkene moiety.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry