Wittig Olefination between Phosphine, Aldehyde, and Allylic Carbonate: A General Method for Stereoselective Synthesis of Trisubstituted 1,3-Dienes with Highly Variable Substituents

A clean and salt-free Wittig olefination between phosphines, aldehydes, and allylic carbonates is described. It represents a general method for convenient and efficient synthesis of 1,2,4-trisubstituted 1,3-dienes from readily available starting materials. This method exhibits high synthetic efficiency, high stereoselectivity, and high variability of substituent.