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A New Route to the Synthesis of (E)- and (Z)-2-Alkene-4-ynoates and Nitriles from vic-Diiodo-(E)-alkenes Catalyzed by Pd(0) Nanoparticles in Water

Brindaban C. Ranu* and Kalicharan Chattopadhyay

*Department of Organic Chemistry, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032, India, Email:

B. C. Ranu, K. Chattopadhyay, Org. Lett., 2007, 9, 2409-2412.

DOI: 10.1021/ol0708121


An efficient, palladium-catalyzed synthesis of 2-alkene-4-ynoates and -nitriles by a simple reaction of vic-diiodo-(E)-alkenes with acrylic esters and nitriles in water leads to (E)-isomers from acrylic esters exclusively, whereas (Z)-isomers are obtained in high stereoselectivity from reactions of acrylonitrile. The in situ prepared Pd(0) nanoparticles can be recycled.

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Key Words

Heck Reaction, Enynes, Elimination

ID: J54-Y2007-1950