Allylation of aldehydes by an allyl-transfer reaction from the γ-adducts of homoallylic alcohols has been successfully carried out to give the corresponding α-adducts regiospecifically. The reaction proceeds via a hemiacetal (11), derived from an aldehyde and the homoallylic alcohol, followed by a six-membered cyclic transition state (2-oxonia[3.3]-sigmatropic rearrangement) in the presence of a Lewis acid. Moreover, the γ-adducts are restructured into the corresponding α-adducts via a similar transition state by an acid catalyst, in which chirality in both anti- and syn-γ-adducts is stereospecifically transferred to the corresponding E- and Z-α-adducts, respectively, with > 98 % ee.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Chemistry - A European Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2000 Aug 18|
- Allyl complexes
- Homoallylic alcohols
- Reaction mechanisms
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