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Complexation of (tricarbonyl)iron to an acyclic diene serves to protect the ligand against oxidation, reduction, and cycloaddition reactions, whereas the steric bulk of this adjunct serves to direct the approaches of reagents to unsaturated groups attached to the diene onto the face opposite to iron. Furthermore, the Fe(CO)3 moiety can serve to stabilize carbocation centers adjacent to the diene (i.e. pentadienyl-iron cations). Recent applications of these reactivities to the synthesis of polyene-, cyclopropane-, cycloheptadiene-, and cyclohexenone-containing natural products or analogues are presented.


Accepted version. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Volume 2009, Issue 23 (August 2009). pp 3831-3843. DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.200900141 © 2009 Wiley-VCH Verlag. Used with permission.

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