Kelvin Yuen-Hin Ho

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Get in the ring! The first examples of transition-metal-catalysed C-C bond activation of 3-azetidinones and 3-oxetanones are reported. In the presence of a nickel catalyst and alkynes, a regioselective and high-yielding [4+2] cycloaddition occurs, leading to the formation of pyridinones, pyranones and eventually 4,5-disubstituted 3-hydroxypyridines (see(More)
The Rh(I)-catalyzed intramolecular hydroacylation of cis and trans asymmetrically substituted alkylidenecyclobutanes proceeds according to three mechanistic pathways. As shown by deuterium-labeling experiments, the mechanism accounting for the rearrangement of the cis isomers includes the cleavage of three carbon-carbon bonds and a remarkable transannular(More)
The poor regioselectivity of the [4 + 2] cycloaddition of 3-azetidinones with internal alkynes bearing two alkyl substituents via nickel-catalyzed carbon-carbon activation is addressed using 1,3-enynes as substrates. The judicious choice of substitution on the enyne enables complementary access to each regioisomer of 3-hydroxy-4,5-alkyl-substituted(More)
The use of α,ω-dienes as functionalization reagents for olefinic carbon-hydrogen bonds has been rarely studied. Reported herein is the rhodium(I)-catalyzed rearrangement of prochiral 1,6-heptadienes into [2,2,1]-cycloheptane derivatives with concomitant creation of at least three stereogenic centers and complete diastereocontrol. Deuterium-labeling studies(More)
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