Highly Z-selective olefination of acyclic α-thio and α-selenoketones with ynolates has been achieved, and the theoretical calculations of the transition states in the ring-opening of the intermediates, the β-lactone enolates, revealed that the torquoselectivity was controlled by the secondary orbital interactions between the σ orbital of the C-S bond or a lone pair orbital on the S and σ* orbitals of the breaking C-O bond, and the σ orbital of the breaking C-O bond or a lone pair orbital on the O on the ring and the σ* orbitals of the C-S bond. The synthetic applications of the resulting olefins are also shown.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry