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This review presents the recent progress in the chemistry of dimethyl acetylenedicarboxylate (DMAD). The interest in and applications of this powerful reagent with more than 135 years of history have greatly increased in the last 10 years, further proving its versatility. Undoubtedly, DMAD can be a multi-tool in the quest of molecular complexity and diversity. The extreme structural diversity of the products described in this review illustrates the powerful potential of DMAD as a building block in organic synthesis. 1 Introduction 2 Michael Reactions 2.1 Sulfur as Nucleophile 2.2 Nitrogen as Nucleophile 2.3 Oxygen as Nucleophile 2.4 Addition to Carbon-Carbon Double Bonds 3 Cycloaddition Reactions 3.1 Diels-Alder Reactions ([4+2] Cycloadditions) 3.2 1,3-Dipolar Reactions ([3+2] Cycloadditions) 3.3 [2+2] Cycloadditions 3.4 [8+2] Cycloadditions 4 DMAD and the Generation of Zwitterions; Multicomponent Reactions (MCRs) 4.1 Phosphines and Derivatives 4.2 Amines 4.3 Isocyanides 4.4 Carbenes 4.5 Miscellaneous Reactions 5 Conclusion. © Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart New York.

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Synthesis (Germany)

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537 - 585