Enantioselective Pd-Catalyzed Decarboxylative Allylic Alkylation of Thiopyranones. Access to Acyclic, Stereogenic α‑Quaternary Ketones

A catalytic, enantioselective decarboxylative allylic alkylation of 4-thiopyranones is reported. The α-quaternary 4-thiopyranones produced are challenging to access by standard enolate alkylation owing to facile ring-opening β-sulfur elimination. In addition, reduction of the carbon–sulfur bonds provides access to elusive acyclic α-quaternary ketones. The alkylated products are obtained in up to 92% yield and 94% enantiomeric excess.