An efficient and general method for the synthesis of 2, 6-disubstituted styrènes 5 via the palladiumcatalyzed [4+2] homobenzannulation of conjugated enynes 4 was developed. In all cases, the reactions proceeded in regiospecific manner, affording the disubstituted styrènes, bearing various functional groups at the 2 and 6 positions of the benzene ring, as a single reaction product in good to excellent yields. Initial attempts at cross-cycloaddition of two different enynes indicated low degrees of chemoselectivity of this process. Accordingly, the cross-dimerization products 6 in all cases were accompanied with notable amounts of the chemoisomeric homodimers 5.
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