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Open Access The Copper-Catalyzed Asymmetric Allylic Substitution

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This mini-review discusses the rapidly growing field of asymmetric copper-catalyzed chemistry. Although the allylic substitution has been less studied than the conjugate addition, recent breakthroughs have made this methodology a very valuable synthetic tool. Thus, a primary allylic halide or phosphate reacts with Grignard or diorganozinc reagents to afford the SN' product (or γ-product) in high regio- and enantioselectivities. Besides the results of the authors, we present also other, different approaches to this reaction, with emphasis on the organo-metallic and the type of chiral ligand used.

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Keywords: ASYMMETRY; CATALYSIS; COPPER; MAGNESIUM; SUBSTITUTION; ZINC

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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