Aqueous Catalytic Pauson-Khand-Type Reactions of Enynes with Formaldehyde: Transfer Carbonylation Involving an Aqueous Decarbonylation and a Micellar Carbonylation


One rhodium(I) complex catalyzes two processes in an overall Pauson-Khand-type reaction of enynes such as 1 with formaldehyde in an aqueous medium to give bicyclic cyclopentenones such as 2 in excellent yields. The use of a water-soluble phosphane ligand in conjunction with a hydrophobic phosphane ligand in the presence of a surfactant promotes the decarbonylation of formaldehyde in the aqueous phase and the carbonylation of enynes in the micellar phase

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