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Molecules 2008, 13(6), 1303-1311; doi:10.3390/molecules13061303
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Unusual Regioselectivity in the Opening of Epoxides by Carboxylic Acid Enediolates

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Received: 29 May 2008 / Revised: 5 June 2008 / Accepted: 6 June 2008 / Published: 9 June 2008
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Abstract

Addition of carboxylic acid dianions appears to be a potential alternative to the use of aluminium enolates for nucleophilic ring opening of epoxides. These conditions require the use of a sub-stoichiometric amount of amine (10% mol) for dianion generation and the previous activation of the epoxide with LiCl. Yields are good, with high regioselectivity, but the use of styrene oxide led, unexpectedly, to a mixture resulting from the attack on both the primary and secondary carbon atoms. Generally, a low diastereoselectivity is seen on attack at the primary center, however only one diastereoisomer was obtained from attack to the secondary carbon of the styrene oxide.
Keywords: Lactones; lithium chloride; nucleophilic addition; regioselectivity; diastereoselectivity. Lactones; lithium chloride; nucleophilic addition; regioselectivity; diastereoselectivity.
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Domingo, L.R.; Gil, S.; Parra, M.; Segura, J. Unusual Regioselectivity in the Opening of Epoxides by Carboxylic Acid Enediolates. Molecules 2008, 13, 1303-1311.

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