N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed silyl enol ether formation.


N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) were found to catalyze the silyl transfer from trialkylsilyl ketene acetals to ketones. In the presence of a catalytic amount of NHC 3 (IAd, 0.1 to 5 mol %), a series of enolizable ketones as well as cyclohexanecarboxaldehyde were efficiently converted into the corresponding silyl enol ethers at 23 degrees C in THF. 
DOI: 10.1021/ol703025b


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