A new approach that takes advantage of N-heterocyclic carbene/Lewis acid cooperative catalysis provides access to cis-1,3,4-trisubstituted cyclopentenes from enals and chalcone derivatives with high levels of diastereoselectivity and enantioselectivity. The presence of Ti(OiPr)4 as the Lewis acid allows for efficient substrate preorganization, which translates into high levels of diastereoselectivity. Additionally, we demonstrate the possibility of controlling the absolute stereochemistry of NHC-catalyzed reactions by employing a catalytic amount of a chiral Lewis acid as the unique source of optically active promoter.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry