Bolte, Benoit; Odabachian, Yann; Gagosz, Fabien
A series of benzyl propargyl ethers react with a gold(I) catalyst to furnish variously substituted allenes via a 1,5-hydride shift/fragmentation sequence. This transformation is rapid and practical. It can be performed under very mild conditions (room temperature or 60 °C) using terminal as well as substituted alkyne substrates bearing a primary, secondary, or tertiary benzyl ether group. The allenes thus formed can be reacted in situ with an internal or external nucleophile, corresponding to...[Show more]
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