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Keywords:

  • anthracene activation;
  • aromaticity;
  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • Diels–Alder reaction;
  • organocatalysis
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The anglerfish catalyst: The activation of anthracenes through aminocatalysis (see scheme) allows them to undergo [4+2] cycloadditions with concomitant breaking of the aromaticity at room temperature and low catalyst loadings. A highly enantioselective Diels–Alder reaction of anthracenes has been developed using nitroalkenes as dienophiles.