Effect of ether versus ester tethering on Heck cyclizations

Steven R. Woodcock, Bruce P. Branchaud

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Ether tethers allow Heck cyclizations to proceed in high yields. Ester tethers lead to low yields. Styrene trapping experiments indicate that ester reactions form viable organopalladium intermediates that cannot cyclize efficiently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7213-7215
Number of pages3
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 17 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Ester rotation barrier
  • Heck cyclization
  • Tethered cyclization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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