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Z/E Stereoselective synthesis of β-bromo Baylis-Hillman ketones using MgBr2 as promoter via a one-pot three-component reaction

Han-Xun Wei*, Richard L. Jasoni, Jiali Hu, Guigen Li and Paul W. Paré

*Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA, Email:

H.-X. Wei, R. L. Jasoni, J. Hu, G. Li, P. W. Pare, Tetrahedron, 2004, 60, 10233-10237.

DOI: 10.1016/j.tet.2004.08.097


A stereoselective multicomponent synthesis of (Z)-β-bromo Baylis-Hillman ketones uses MgBr2 as both the Lewis acidic promoter and the bromine source for the Michael-type addition with α,β-acetylenic ketones to form an active β-bromo allenolate intermediate, which in turn attacks various aldehydes to afford β-bromo Baylis-Hillman adducts in good yields and Z-selectivity.

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Key Words

Baylis-Hillman adducts, Magnesium bromine, α,β-Acetylenic ketones, (Z)-β-Bromovinyl ketones, Multicomponent Reactions

ID: J72-Y2004-1010