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Highly Efficient Alkylation to Ketones and Aldimines with Grignard Reagents Catalyzed by Zinc(II) Chloride

Manabu Hatano, Shinji Suzuki and Kazuaki Ishihara*

*Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8603, Japan, Email:

M. Hatano, S. Suzuki, K. Ishihara, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 9998-9999.

DOI: 10.1021/ja0628405


A highly efficient Zn-catalyzed alkylation of ketones and aldimines with Grignard reagents via trialkylzinc(II) ate complexes minimizes problems with the use of only Grignard reagents, which leads to reduction and aldol side products, and the yield of desired alkylation products could be improved.

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proposed mechanism and transition-state assembly

Zinc(II)-Catalyzed Addition of Grignard Reagents to Ketones

M. Hatano, O. Ito, S. Suzuki, K. Ishihara, J. Org. Chem., 2010, 75, 5008-5016.

Key Words

Benzylamines, Alcohols, Grignard Reagents

ID: J48-Y2006-2560