Synthesis 2009(13): 2260-2266  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1216819
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o-Benzenedisulfonimide as a Powerful and Recyclable Organocatalyst for the Nazarov Reaction

Margherita Barbero*a, Silvano Cadamuroa, Annamaria Deagostinoa, Stefano Dugheraa, Paolo Larinia, Ernesto G. Occhiatob, Cristina Prandi*a, Silvia Tabassoa, Rosaria Vulcanoa, Paolo Venturelloa
a Dipartimento di Chimica Generale e Chimica Organica, Università, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino, Italy
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b Dipartimento di Chimica Organica ‘U. Schiff’, and HeteroBioLab, Università di Firenze, Via della Lastruccia 13, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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Received 13 February 2009
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14 May 2009 (eFirst)


o-Benzenedisulfonimide has been used for the first time as a Brønsted acid catalyst to induce electrocyclization of dienones into cyclopentenones (Nazarov reaction). The catalyst has been used in various organic solvents or under solvent-free conditions and it is entirely recoverable from the reaction mixture. The versatility and the effectiveness of the proposed procedure is demonstrated on a wide range of both activated and inactivated substrates.