Organocatalytic Synthesis of Highly Substituted Furfuryl Alcohols and Amines


  • The authors gratefully acknowledge WestChem, the EPSRC (grant EP/F031505/1), and the University of Glasgow for funding.


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Top cat! Tetrahydrothiophene is an efficient organocatalyst for the synthesis of highly substituted furfuryl products from readily accessible electron-poor enynes under neutral reaction conditions. This process is applicable to a wide range of nucleophiles and enynes and can be used in a domino organocatalysis sequence.