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Keywords:

  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • cascade reactions;
  • cyclization;
  • organocatalysis;
  • spiro compounds
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Spirocyclopropanes: Only one out of eight possible stereoisomers was obtained in the asymmetric cascade cyclopropanation of alkylidene oxindoles with ethyl 2-chloroacetoacetate. Improved catalyst design ensured that spirocyclopropyl oxindoles featuring two quaternary centers were synthesized in high yield and high enantio- and diastereoselectivity (see scheme).