Catalytic intermolecular hydroalkylation of dienes with silyloxyfuran nucleophiles is reported. Reactions are catalyzed by 5 mol % of a (CDC)-Rh complex and proceed in up to 87% yield and 6:1 dr (syn/anti) to provide allylic butenolides bearing vicinal stereocenters. Reactions proceed with terminal aryl and alkyl dienes and with modified silyl enol ether nucleophiles including a thiophenone variant. Utility of the products is demonstrated in the synthesis of a polypropionate anti, syn-stereotriad.
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Financial support was provided by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society (52447-DNI1).
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