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Synthesis of Polycyclic Ring Systems Using Transition Metal Catalyzed Cyclizations of Diazo Alkynyl Ketones
1  Department of Chemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322 USA

Abstract: The rhodium(II)-catalyzed reaction of a-diazo ketones bearing tethered alkyne units represents a new and useful method for the construction of a variety of substituted cyclopentenones. The process proceeds by addition of the rhodium-stabilized carbenoid onto the acetylenic pi-bond to give a vinyl carbenoid intermediate. The resulting rhodium complex undergoes a wide assortment of reactions including cyclopropanation, 1,2-hydrogen migration, CHinsertion, addition to tethered alkynes and ylide formation. When 2-alkynyl-2-diazo-3-oxobutanoates were treated with a Rh(II)-catalyst, furo[3,4-c]furans were formed in excellent yield.
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