A new acyl anion addition reaction between acylsilanes and α,β-unsaturated conjugate acceptors promoted by a nucleophilic organic catalyst has been disclosed. The 1,4-dicarbonyl products produced in this reaction are highly useful synthons. Neutral carbenes (or zwitterions) generated in situ from commercial thiazolium salts are used as effective catalysts for the reaction which is in contrast to established anionic catalysts typically employed to promote the required Brook rearrangement (1,2-silyl shift from carbon to oxygen) involved in the reported reaction. This process successfully utilizes acylsilanes as tunable acyl anion progenitors and is tolerant of a wide range of structural diversity on the acylsilane or the conjugate acceptor.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry