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Keywords:

  • aldehydes;
  • alkynes;
  • carbocations;
  • gold;
  • multicomponent reactions

Abstract

A new gold(I)-catalyzed multicomponent synthesis of β-alkoxy ketones from aldehydes, alcohols, and alkynes is described. This atom economical synthesis was achieved through the use of the gold complex (SPhos)AuNTf2 as a catalyst, and allows for the preparation of a diverse array of β-alkoxy ketone products. Mechanistic studies illustrate that these reactions proceed via gold(I)-catalyzed hydrolysis of the alkyne to an aryl ketone, which then undergoes an aldol reaction with an oxocarbenium ion generated in situ from the aldehyde and alcohol components.