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Samarium-Promoted Michael Addition between Aroyl Chlorides and Chalcones

Yongjun Liu, Yuanying Li, Yan Qi, Jun Wan*

*State Key Laboratory Base of Eco-chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042, P. R. of China, Email:

Y. Liu, Y. Li, Y. Qi, J. Wan, Synthesis, 2010, 4188-4192.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1258287


A Michael addition type reaction between aroyl chlorides and chalcones was realized in the presence of samarium metal in N,N-dimethylformamide as solvent. Various 1,4-diketones were synthesized in moderate to good yields. A possible mechanism is also discussed.

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Key Words

samarium, Michael addition, aroyl chlorides, chalcones, 1,4-diketones

ID: J66-Y2010-3380