Room Temperature Intramolecular Hydro-O-alkylation of Aldehydes: sp3 C-H Functionalization via a Lewis Acid Catalyzed Tandem 1,5-Hydride Transfer/Cyclization
Stefan J. Pastine and Dalibor Sames*
*Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, 3000 Broadway, New York, New York 10027, Email: sameschem.columbia.edu
S. J. Pastine, D. Sames, Org. Lett., 2005, 7, 5429-5431.
DOI: 10.1021/ol0522283 (free Supporting Information)
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An intramolecular hydro-O-alkylation of aldehydes leads to spiroketals, bicyclic ketals, and aminals. Tertiary and sterically hindered secondary sp3 C-H bonds are transformed into C-O bonds under the action of a catalytic amount of a variety of Lewis acids. The mechanism probably involves a tandem hydride transfer/cyclization sequence.
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