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The development of an organotransition metal synthesis of quinones

Authors
Journal
Tetrahedron
0040-4020
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
41
Issue
24
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0040-4020(01)91423-1
Disciplines
  • Chemistry

Abstract

Abstract A new and very general synthesis of quinones is described from conception to the current state of maturity. The chemistry relies on a convergent joining of a transition metal complex and an alkyne to provide benzoquinones (from maleoylmetal complexes) and naphthoquinones (from phthaloylmetal complexes). Significant aspects of this chemistry are its generality (terminal, internal, electron rich, and electron deficient alkynes react), its mildness (reactions can be run between room temperature and 80°) and its functional group compatibility (aldehydes, ketones, esters, nitriles, olefins, halides acetals, ketals, etc. survive).

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