Transition metal-catalyzed decarboxylative allylation and benzylation reactions

Jimmie D. Weaver, Antonio Recio, Alexander J. Grenning, Jon A. Tunge

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Studies conducted in the field of homogeneous catalysis of decarboxylative allylation and benzylation reactions are presented. Shimizu and Ishii utilized the regiospecificity of decarboxylative coupling to allylate an α-fluoro ketone that proceeds via a fluorinated enolate. Behenna and Stoltz and later Trost and co-workers demonstrated the ability to control the stereochemistry at the R-carbon via enantioselective decarboxylative allylation of enol carbonates. Trost et al. have circumvented the sluggish transformations of ester enolate derivatives by utilizing 2-acyl imidazoles as surrogates for ester enolates. company utilized DcA of a dienol carbonate in their synthesis of trospectomycin sulfate, an aminocyclitol antibiotic. In 2009, Recio and Tunge published an improved synthetic protocol for decarboxylative allylations of α-cyanoacetic esters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1846-1913
Number of pages68
JournalChemical Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 9 2011
Externally publishedYes


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