Stereocontrolled Synthesis of Vinyl Boronates and Vinyl Silanes via Atom-Economical Ruthenium-Catalyzed Alkene-Alkyne Coupling.Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2015 Dec 21; 54(52):15863-6.AC
The synthesis of vinyl boronates and vinyl silanes was achieved by employing a Ru-catalyzed alkene-alkyne coupling reaction of allyl boronates or allyl silanes with various alkynes. The double bond geometry in the generated vinyl boronates can be remotely controlled by the juxtaposing boron- and silicon groups on the alkyne substrate. The synthetic utility of the coupling products has been demonstrated in a variety of synthetic transformations, including iterative cross-coupling reactions, and a Chan-Lam-type allyloxylation followed by a Claisen rearrangement. A sequential one-pot alkene-alkyne-coupling/allylation-sequence with an aldehyde to deliver a highly complex α-silyl-β-hydroxy olefin with a handle for further functionalization was also realized.