This coupling of an activated alkene derivative with an aldehyde is catalyzed
by a tertiary amine (for example: DABCO =
1,4-Diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane). Phosphines can also be used in this
reaction, and enantioselective reactions may be carried out if the amine
or phosphine catalyst is asymmetric.
Mechanism of the Baylis-Hillman Reaction
A key step is the addition of the amine catalyst to the activated alkene to
form a stabilized nucleophilic anion. This in situ-generated nucleophile then
adds to the aldehyde. Subsequent elimination of the catalyst leads to the
Other activating nitrogen nucleophiles may be suitable too and DMAP and DBU
are superior to DABCO in some cases:
of the addition of DBU and methylacrylate
For aryl aldehydes under polar, nonpolar, and protic conditions, it has been
determined that the rate-determining step is second-order in aldehyde and
first-order in DABCO and acrylate. On the basis of this reaction rate data,
Tyler McQuade recently proposed (J. Org. Chem.2005, 70, 3980.
following mechanism involving the formation of a hemiacetal intermediate:
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