An Organometallic Approach to Peroxyketals

Patrick Dussault, Ayman Sahli, Thane Westermeyer

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A new method for peroxyketal synthesis is presented based upon formation of carbon-carbon bonds in the presence of a protected hydroperoxide. The 2-methoxypropyl perketal of 4(S)-hydroperoxy-2(E)-nonenal (2) undergoes reaction with a variety of metal hydrides and organometallic reagents to produce 4-peroxy 2-enols in good to excellent yields via chemoselective addition to the carbonyl carbon. Oxidation of the allylic alcohol to the 4-peroxy 2-enone is followed by deprotection to furnish a single enantiomer of a 4-hydroxyperoxy 2(E)-enone. Photochemical isomerization by the method of Snider induces spontaneous cyclization to epimeric 3-hydroxy-1,2-dioxins (hydroxy endoperoxides). Acidic methanolysis furnishes readily separable diastereomeric perketals as single enantiomers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5469-5474
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - 1993

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  • Organic Chemistry


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