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Iron-Catalyzed Direct Cross-Coupling of Ethers and Thioether with Alcohols for the Synthesis of Mixed Acetals

Wei Han*, Lu Cheng, Hongyuan Zhao

*School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University, Wenyuan Road NO.1, Nanjing 210023, P. R. of China, Email:

W. Han, L. Cheng, H. Zhao, Synlett, 2020, 31, 1400-1403.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1707162

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An iron-catalyzed α-C(sp3)-H activation of cyclic and acyclic ethers provides an efficient and green method for the synthesis of mixed acetals in very good yields. The robustness of this protocol is demonstrated by the late-stage oxidation of a structurally complex natural product.

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Key Words

iron catalysis, oxidation, alcohols, ethers, mixed acetals, tetrahydrofurans, lactols, dioxanes, O-heterocycles, DTBP

ID: J72-Y2020