An chiral RhII-catalyzed cyclooligomerization reaction of thiophenes having triazolyl and vinyl substituents at the 2- and 4-positions was studied. Structurally interesting cyclic trimers, having chirality that is ascribed only to the orientation of the 2,4-disubstituted thiophene rings, are obtained. The 2,4-disubstitution of the starting thiophene monomer allows production of each of the enantiomers. The observed electronic circular-dichroism spectra are in accord with those simulated by density-functional theory calculations.
- asymmetric synthesis
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