The Effect of the Carbon Ligand on the Reaction of Organozinc Reagents in the Synthesis of Substituted 2,5-Dihydrofurans: A Rare Example of An Uncatalysed Allylic-Substitution Reaction Involving Alkyl Zinc Halides
European Journal of Organic Chemistry
Organozinc halides derived from Grignard reagents behave differently in their reaction with ethyl (±±)-(2RS,3SR)-tetrahydro-4-methylene-2-phenyl-3-(phenylsulfonyl)furan-3-carboxylate (3) according to the hybridisation of the carbon ligand. During the development of short multi-component reactions for the synthesis of diverse functionalized ethyl 2,5-dihydrofuran-3-carboxylates it was discovered that aryl and vinyl zinc halides undergo clean reaction with 3 in the presence of Pd(PPh3)4. In contrast, when alkyl zinc halides are reacted with 3 in the presence of Pd(PPh3)4, reductive desulfonation of 3 is observed. Remarkably, in the absence of a transition metal catalyst, the allylic substitution of 3 with alkyl zinc halides proceeds cleanly and in moderate to good yield.
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Woods, M., Monteiro, N., & Balme, G. (2000). The Effect of the Carbon Ligand on the Reaction of Organozinc Reagents in the Synthesis of Substituted 2, 5‐Dihydrofurans: A Rare Example of An Uncatalysed Allylic‐Substitution Reaction Involving Alkyl Zinc Halides. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2000(9), 1711-1718.