Traceless OH-Directed Wacker Oxidation-Elimination, an Alternative to Wittig Olefination/Aldol Condensation: One-Pot Synthesis of α,β‑Unsaturated and Nonconjugated Ketones from Homoallyl Alcohols

2016-08-26T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Venkati Bethi Rodney A. Fernandes
A new method for one-pot synthesis of β-substituted and β,β-disubstituted α,β-unsaturated methyl ketones from homoallyl alcohols by sequential PdCl2/CrO3-promoted Wacker process followed by an acid-mediated dehydration reaction has been developed. Remarkably, internal homoallyl alcohols delivered regioselectively nonconjugated unsaturated carbonyl compounds under the same protocol. A new starting material-based synthesis of α,β-unsaturated and nonconjugated methyl ketones is demonstrated.