Tsuji–Wacker-Type Oxidation beyond Methyl Ketones: Reacting Unprotected Carbohydrate-Based Terminal Olefins through the “Uemura System” to Hemiketals and α,β-Unsaturated Diketones

Patrik Runeberg, Patrik Christoffer Eklund

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Aerobic Pd(AcO)2/pyridine-catalyzed oxidation of unprotected carbohydrate-based terminal alkenes was studied. In accordance with previous reports, the initial reaction step gave methyl ketones. However, our substrates partially gave subsequent α,β-water elimination and alcohol oxidation to α,β-unsaturated 2,5-diketones. Upon increasing the pressure of O2, the reaction was shifted toward formation of α,β-epoxy-2-ketones. The reactions were stereoselective and gave up to quantitative conversions. However, isolated yields were substantially lower because of the complexity of the product mixtures.

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Pages (from-to)8145–8148
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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