DIBAL-H, Diisobutylaluminium hydride
The use of diethylaluminum benzenethiolate enables an efficient discrimination between aldehydes and other carbonyl functions and allows a chemoselective in situ reduction of ketones and methyl esters in the presence of aldehydes without using traditional protecting group methodologies.
G. Bastug, S. Dierick, F. Lebreux, I. E. Markó, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 1306-1309.
Treatment of 3-[(alkoxycarbonyl)alkyl]-substituted conjugated cycloalkenones with diisobutylaluminum hydride at -78 °C followed by acid quenching furnishes spiro ethers, whereas the corresponding 3-(carboxyalkyl)-substituted cycloalkenones generate spiro lactones upon reaction with sodium borohydride at 30 °C followed by acid quenching.
M.-C. P. Yeh, Y.-C. Lee, T.-C. Young, Synthesis, 2006, 3621-3624.
Esters and Weinreb amides undergo reduction to the corresponding aldehydes using DIBAL-H followed by same pot conversion to terminal alkynes utilizing the Bestmann-Ohira reagent in good to excellent yields.
H. D Dickson, S. C. Smith, K. W. Hinkle, Tetrahedron Lett., 2004, 45, 5597-5599.
Vinylaluminum reagents prepared from the reaction of commercially available DIBAL-H and a terminal alkyne can be used directly without purification in catalytic asymmetric allylic alkylation reactions with allylic phosphates in the presence of a readily available chiral N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complex and a commercially available and air stable Cu salt.
Y. Lee, K. Akiyama, D. G. Gillingham, M. Kevin Brown, A. H. Hoveyda, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2008, 130, 446-447.
Reliable, operationally simple, catalytic α-selective hydroalumination reactions proceed in the presence of diisobutylaluminum hydride and (Ni(dppp)Cl2), and, unlike uncatalyzed transformations, generate little or no alkynylaluminum byproducts. The derived α-vinyl halides and boronates can be synthesized through direct treatment with the appropriate electrophiles.
F. Gao, A. H. Hoveyda, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 10961-10963.
Many tertiary phosphine oxides undergo considerable reduction at ambient temperature with diisobutylaluminum hydride and then stall due to inhibition. Source of this inhibition is tetraisobutyldialuminoxane (TIBAO), which builds up as the reaction proceeds and selectively coordinates the TPO starting material. Several strategies have been found to circumvent this inhibition.
C. A. Busacca, R. Raju, N. Grinberg, N. Haddad, P. James-Jones, H. Lee, J. C. Lorenz, A. Saha, C. H. Senanayake, J. Org. Chem., 2008, 73, 1524-1531.