An asymmetric synthesis of C3-symmetric triangular macrocycles is reported. 1-Methylsulfonyl-4-(4-vinylphenyl)-1,2,3-triazole undergoes a rhodium(II)-catalyzed cyclotrimerization to establish an enantiopure C3-symmetric triangular macrocycle motif. This method can be applied to the synthesis of an enantiopure hydrocarbon, which owes its chirality to asymmetric distribution of H/D atoms on the benzene rings.
- asymmetric synthesis
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