Unexpected catalytic reactions of silyl-protected enol diazoacetates with nitrile oxides that form 5-arylaminofuran-2(3H)-one-4-carboxylates.

Silyl-protected enol diazoacetates undergo dirhodium(II)-catalyzed reactions with nitrile oxides to form acid-labile ketenimines via dipolar cycloaddition of nitrile oxides to a donor/acceptor cyclopropene and Lossen rearrangement of the dipolar adduct; acid catalysis converts the ketenimine to the furan product.