NHC-Catalyzed Reactions of Aryloxyacetaldehydes: A Domino Elimination/Conjugate Addition/Acylation Process for the Synthesis of Substituted Coumarins

Eric M Phillips, Manabu Wadamoto, Howard S Roth, Andrew W Ott, Karl A Scheidt

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N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) catalyze a domino Michael addition/acylation reaction to form 3,4-dihydrocoumarins. The reaction proceeds through addition of the NHC to an aryloxyaldehyde followed by elimination of a phenoxide leaving group, generating an enol intermediate. This transient nucleophile generated in situ performs a 1,4-addition onto a conjugate acceptor, and the carbene catalyst is regenerated upon acylation of the phenoxide anion resulting in formation of 3,4-dihydrocoumarins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-108
JournalOrganic Letters
StatePublished - 2009


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