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Hypervalent λ3-Bromane Strategy for Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation: Selective Transformation of Primary Aliphatic and Aromatic Aldehydes to Formates, Which is Missing in the Classical Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation

Masahito Ochiai*, Akira Yoshimura, Kazunori Miyamoto, Satoko Hayashi and Waro Nakanishi

*Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokushima, 1-78 Shomachi, Tokushima 770-8505, Japan, Email:

Y. Yoshida, K. Murakami, H. Yorimitsu, K. Oshima, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 9236-9239.

DOI: 10.1021/ja104330g (free Supporting Information)


Ligand exchange of hypervalent aryl-λ3-bromane with a carbonyl hydrate yields a new type of activated Criegee intermediate. The intermediate undergoes BV rearrangement and produces format esters for primary aliphatic as well as aromatic aldehydes via facile reductive elimination of the aryl-λ3-bromanyl group, while the attempted classical BVO produces only carboxylic acids.

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Key Words

Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation, Hypervalent Bromine Compounds

ID: J48-Y2010-1890