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Efficient Epoxidation of Alkenes with Aqueous Hydrogen Peroxide Catalyzed by Methyltrioxorhenium and 3-Cyanopyridine

Hans Adolfsson*, Christophe Copéret, Jay P. Chiang and Andrei K. Yudin

*Department of Chemistry and the Skaggs Institute of Chemical Biology, The Scripps Research Institute, 10550 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 90237, Email:

H. Adolfsson, C. Copéret, J. P. Chiang, A. K. Yudin, J. Org. Chem., 2000, 65, 8651-8658.

DOI: 10.1021/jo005623+

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Methyltrioxorhenium (MTO) catalyzes an epoxidation of alkenes with 30% aqueous hydrogen peroxide. The addition of 1-10 mol % of 3-cyanopyridine increases the system's efficiency resulting in high isolated yields of the corresponding epoxides. Alkenes yielding epoxides more sensitive to nucleophilic ring opening require a mixture of 3-cyanopyridine and pyridine.

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Key Words

methyltrioxorhenium, hydrogen peroxide, epoxides

ID: J42-Y2000