Synlett 1998; 1998(9): 995-997
DOI: 10.1055/s-1998-1829
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A Dramatic Effect of the Reaction Conditions on the Course of a Palladium-Catalyzed Cyclization of an Alkene Bearing a Vinyl Bromide and a Nucleophile: A New Route to the trans-Hydrindane System

Isabelle Coudanne* , Jaume Castro, Geneviève Balme
  • *Laboratoire de chimie organique I, associé au CNRS, Université Claude Bernard, CPE, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne, France; Fax Int.; E-mail:
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31 December 2000 (online)

Upon treatment with catalytic Pd(dppe) in the presence of KH, the malonate derivative 3 underwent a Wacker-type cyclization leading exclusively to compound 4 having the trans-hydrindane system. However, the course of the cyclization is dramatically dependent on the reaction conditions, mainly on the nature of the base. In the presence of a carbonate, a quaternary ammonium salt and the catalytic system (Pd(OAc)2 + PPh3) the cyclization of the same substrate 3 led only to compounds resulting from an initial Heck reaction of the vinyl bromide on the neighbouring olefin.