An N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-catalyzed reaction of γ-substituted allenoates for the synthesis of substituted oxetanes has been developed. The method provides an approach to access substituted oxetanes in a single step and is the first example of an NHC-catalyzed formal [2+2]-annulation employing γ-substituted allenoates with trifluoromethyl ketones. Mechanistic and modeling studies provide a rationale for the divergence in reactivity observed compared to the analogous reaction using unsubstituted allenoates and inform a hypothesis to explain the observed diastereoselectivity under different reaction conditions.
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- Organic Chemistry