Silyloxyallenes derived from α-hydroxypropargylsilanes undergo efficient addition to aldehydes with catalytic amounts of Lewis acids. The allenes are accessed from the corresponding propargylsilanes in a base-catalyzed 1,2-Brook rearrangement/SE2′ process. Enantioenriched propargylsilanes are synthesized by a new zinc-promoted addition of alkynes to acylsilanes in up to 74% ee. This work demonstrates that conversion to the silyloxyallenes occurs with minimal erosion in optical activity. The use of a chiral chromium(III) Lewis acid effects the catalytic asymmetric addition of racemic silyloxyallenes to aromatic aldehydes in up to 92% ee. The overall reaction is broad in scope and accommodates a wide variety of aromatic and aliphatic substituents on both the propargylsilane and aldehyde.
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