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Keywords:

  • Carbenes;
  • Organocatalysis;
  • Umpolung;
  • Hydroacylation

Abstract

Based on our recent finding that 2,6-dimethoxyphenyl-substituted NHCs show superior reactivity in the hydroacylation reactions of electron-neutral olefins compared with known NHCs, we now report the syntheses and crystal structures of four highly electron-rich 2,6-dimethoxyphenyl-substituted NHCs and show the increase in efficiency caused by the electron-rich aryl substituent in hydroacylation reactions.