Simple access to 2-methylalk-2-enoates and insect pheromones by zinc-promoted reduction of Baylis-Hillman-derived allylic bromides
Luciano Fernandes, Adailton J. Bortoluzzi and Marcus M. Sá*
*Departamento de Química, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC 88040-900, Brazil, Email: msaqmc.ufsc.br
L. Fernandes, A. J. Bortoluzzi, M. M. Sa, Tetrahedron, 2004, 60, 9983-9989.
Zinc-promoted reduction of 2-(bromomethyl)alkenoates derived from Baylis-Hillman adducts gave (E)-2-methylacrylates in good yield and high stereoselectivity. Synthesis of the male ant pheromone (E)-2,4-dimethyl-2-hexenoic acid was performed using this simple methodology.
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