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Keywords:

  • allylic compounds;
  • cycloaddition;
  • heterocycles;
  • stereoselectivity;
  • synthetic methods
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A f(oxy) allyl: The intermolecular (4+3) cycloaddition of enantiomerically enriched epoxy enolsilanes produces cycloadducts with up to 99 % ee, thus implying the reaction does not proceed by the putative achiral oxyallyl cation intermediate, but through a transiently chiral electrophile which retains the stereochemical information of the epoxide (see scheme; TES=triethylsilyl, Tf=trifluoromethanesulfonyl).