The rhodium(II) acetate catalysed cyclopropanation reactions of 2- diazo-1-indanone 4 with various substituted styrenes 5 have been investigated. The cyclopropane diastereomer 6a bearing a trans relationship between the carbonyl and the aryl ring was in all cases the predominant isomer and the ratio of stereoisomers almost constant over a range of styrene substituents. Styrenes bearing electron-donating substituents gave slightly better stereoselectivity in favour of the trans isomer. These results are substantiated by a mechanistic proposal. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.
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- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry