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A Facile and Efficient Direct Aldol Addition of Simple Thioesters

Julianne M. Yost, Guoqiang Zhou and Don M. Coltart*

*Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708, Email:

J. M. Yost, G. Zhou, D. M. Coltart, Org. Lett., 2006, 8, 1503-1506.

DOI: 10.1021/ol060413q


Simple thioesters undergo direct aldol addition to aldehydes in the presence of a Lewis acid and i-Pr2NEt. The reactions proceed extremely rapidly and in excellent yield.

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Key Words

Aldol Addition, Thioesters, β-Hydroxy Carboxylic Compounds

ID: J54-Y2006-920