Direct Catalytic Desaturation of Lactams Enabled by Soft Enolization
Ming Chen and Guangbin Dong*
*Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, United States, Email: gbdonguchicago.edu
M. Chen. G. Dong, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 7757-7760.
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04722 (free Supporting Information)
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A Pd-catalyzed α,β-desaturation of N-protected lactams provides conjugated unsaturated counterparts under mildly acidic conditions at room temperature. The reaction tolerates a wide range of functional groups and shows reactivity complementary to that of prior desaturation methods. Lactams with various ring sizes and substituents at different positions all reacted smoothly.
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