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Preparation of Aliphatic Ketones through a Ruthenium-Catalyzed Tandem Cross-Metathesis/Allylic Alcohol Isomerization

David Finnegan, Benjamin A. Seigal and Marc L. Snapper*

*Department of Chemistry, Merkert Chemistry Center, Boston College, 2609 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467, Email:

D. Finnegan, B. A. Seigal, M. L. Snapper, Org. Lett., 2006, 8, 2603-2606.

DOI: 10.1021/ol060918g

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Grubbs' 2nd generation and Hoveyda-Grubbs' ruthenium alkylidenes are shown to be effective catalysts for cross-metatheses of allylic alcohols with cyclic and acyclic olefins, as well as isomerization of the resulting allylic alcohols to alkyl ketones in a single-flask process that provides highly functionalized, ketone-containing products.

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Ruthenium-Catalyzed Tandem Olefin Metathesis-Oxidations

A. A. Scholte, M. H. An, M. L. Snapper, Org. Lett., 2006, 8, 4759-4762.

Key Words

Cross Metathesis, Allylic Alcohol Isomerization

ID: J54-Y2006-1850