Tandem sequence of cross metathesis--ring-closing metathesis reaction of alkynyl silyloxy-tethered enynes.J Am Chem Soc. 2005 Jul 06; 127(26):9410-5.JA
A tandem cross metathesis (CM)--ring-closing metathesis (RCM) sequence to form cyclic siloxanes is reported. This new enyne metathesis platform expands the scope and utility of the regio- and stereoselective cross metathesis reaction between silylated alkynes and terminal alkenes. The initial cross metathesis was directed to occur on the alkyne by employing sterically hindered mono-, di-, and trisubstituted alkenes tethered to the alkyne via silyl ether. The regio- and stereoselectivity feature of the initial CM step in this tandem CM-RCM process is identical to that of the CM reactions of silylated alkynes and alkenes. This tandem sequence provides both synthetically useful silylated 1,3-diene building blocks and insights into the reaction mechanism of the enyne metathesis reaction.