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Synthesis of α,β-unsaturated ketones by rhodium-catalyzed carbonylative arylation of internal alkynes with arylboronic acids
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The Rh-catalyzed reaction of arylboronic acids with internal alkynes under a CO atmosphere in the presence of an acid additive afforded α,β-unsaturated ketones as the major products. Hydroacylation of internal alkynes, except in the case of diaryl acetylenes, proceeded in syn fashion, yielding the E-configured isomer. A mixture of E- and Z-isomers was obtained with diphenyl acetylene. Reactions were also highly regioselective for various nonsymmetric alkynes.