Organo-Manganese η<sup>2</sup>‑Auxiliary Directed Reactions: A Diastereoselective Approach to 2,3-Allenols

Propargyl aldehydes underwent isomerization to allenyl aldehydes under mildly basic conditions when complexed to an organo-manganese auxiliary using methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT). This traceless auxiliary magnifies the axial chirality of the allene moiety, allowing for highly diastereoselective additions to the aldehyde carbonyl and subsequent access to an array of 2,3-allenols. Using this strategy, a nitrile-substituted 2,3-allenol was prepared and efficiently converted to Hagen’s gland lactone.