(Chemical Equation Presented) A scandium triflate catalyzed, diastereoselective cyclization between aldehydes and β-hydroxy dioxinones has been discovered. This process capitalizes on the untapped nucleophilicity of the embedded enol ether within the dioxinone core. The bicyclic compounds from the resulting cyclization can be isolated, or alternatively, alkoxide nucleophiles can be directly added. This in situ addition fragments the dioxinone rings and delivers the 3-carboxy-substituted tetrahydropyran-4-ones in good yields with high levels of diastereoselectivity.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry