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Asymmetric Halocyclizations of Unsaturated Compounds: An Overview and Recent Developments

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This review covers the recent advances concerning the elusive enantioselective biomimetic cyclization of functionalized unsaturated compounds promoted by halonium ions. The asymmetric halocyclization of multiple carbon-carbon bonds is an important class of organic reactions as it provides stereodefined carbon-halogen bond-containing compounds, which are ubiquitous in nature and other bioactive molecules. Although the halocyclization reaction is known since long, attempts to carry out this electrophilic cyclization process in an asymmetric way had largely been unsuccessful and the first synthetically useful examples have appeared in the last few years. The most important progresses in this field are summarized.
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Keywords: Asymmetric Synthesis; catalysis; electrophilic addition; electrophilic cyclization; halogenation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2013

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  • Current Organic Synthesis publishes in-depth reviews on all areas of synthetic organic chemistry i.e. asymmetric synthesis, organometallic chemistry, novel synthetic approaches to complex organic molecules, carbohydrates, polymers, protein chemistry, DNA chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition and new synthetic methods in organic chemistry. The frontier reviews provide the current state of knowledge in these fields and are written by experts who are internationally known for their eminent research contributions. The journal is essential reading to all synthetic organic chemists. Current Organic Synthesis should prove to be of great interest to synthetic chemists in academia and industry who wish to keep abreast with recent developments in key fields of organic synthesis.
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