Shinsuke Komagawa

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A calix[3]aramide has been synthesized bearing three triphenylphosphinic amide moieties, which formed intramolecular cyclic hydrogen bonds that suppressed its cone/partial cone inversion. The intramolecular cyclic hydrogen bonds were disrupted by DMSO, and the insertion of H2O into the hydrogen bonds triggered the spontaneous resolution of the(More)
Ni-catalyzed cross-coupling between aryl alkyl ethers (ArOR) and Grignard reagents (RMgBr), known since 1979, proceeds under mild conditions in many cases. Although the reaction routes of various synthetic protocols involving transition-metal-catalyzed C-O bond activation have been elucidated, the mechanism of this etheric Kumada-Tamao-Curriu reaction(More)
A density functional theory (DFT) study was performed to elucidate the mechanism of the Ni-catalyzed [3 + 2 + 2] cyclization reaction of cyclopropylideneacetate with two alkynes. A systematic search showed that the nature of the alkynes determines the choice between two reaction pathways and hence the regioselectivity. Strongly electron-deficient acetylenes(More)
Different homoleptic and heteroleptic lithium-zinc combinations were prepared, and structural elements obtained on the basis of NMR spectroscopic experiments and DFT calculations. In light of their ability to metalate anisole, pathways were proposed to justify the synergy observed for some mixtures. The best basic mixtures were obtained either by combining(More)
1,4-Addition of bis(iodozincio)methane to simple α,β-unsaturated ketones does not proceed well; the reaction is slightly endothermic according to DFT calculations. In the presence of chlorotrimethylsilane, the reaction proceeded efficiently to afford a silyl enol ether of β-zinciomethyl ketone. The C--Zn bond of the silyl enol ether could be used in a(More)
The nickel-catalyzed [3 + 2 + 2] cycloaddition of ethyl cyclopropylideneacetate and conjugated enynes proceeded smoothly and divinylcycloheptadienes were isolated in high yields. The three-component cocyclization of ethyl cyclopropylideneacetate, conjugated enynes, and (trimethylsilyl)acetylene also proceeded in a highly selective manner to afford(More)
The [3 + 2 + 2] cocyclization of ethyl cyclopropylideneacetate (1a) and terminal alkynes (2) proceeded smoothly in the presence of 10 mol % "Ni(PPh3)2", which was prepared in situ from Ni(cod)2 and PPh3. The high reactivity of 1a, which was induced by the introduction of an electron-withdrawing group, is very important for the progress of this reaction. The(More)
About 40 years have passed since methylene dizinc reagent was discovered as a substitute for Wittig reagent. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to understand the reaction pathways of methylenation of carbonyl compounds with bis(iodozincio)methane. The present computational/theoretical study concluded that the methylenation(More)
The [3 + 2 + 2] cocyclization of ethyl cyclopropylideneacetate (1a) and various alkynes proceeded smoothly in the presence of Ni(cod)2-PPh3. The cycloheptadiene derivatives were synthesized in highly selective manners. The unique reactivity of 1a was essential for the progress of the reaction. The observed regioselectivity of the product formation and the(More)