Rhodium(II)-catalyzed carbocyclization reaction of alpha-diazo carbonyls with tethered unsaturation

o-Alkynyl-substituted alpha-diazoketones undergo internal cyclization to produce indenone derivatives upon treatment with catalytic quantities of Rh(II)-carboxylates. A variety of structural influences were encountered by varying the nature of the substituent group attached to the diazo center. The cyclization reaction involves addition of a rhodium… CONTINUE READING