Carbanion-Accelerated Claisen Rearrangements. 6. Preparative and Stereochemical Studies with Sulfonyl-Stabilized Anions

Scott E Denmark, Kathleen S. White, Michael A. Harmata

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The aliphatic Claisen rearrangement is markedly accelerated by an arylsulfonylmethide substituent at position 2. The generality of this anion variant has been extensively examined (31 allyl vinyl ethers) with regard to substitution, stereochemistry, and anion-stabilizing groups. The reactions generally proceed in good yield and with high regio- and stereoselectivities. The regiochemical course of the reaction is independent of the structure of the anionic precursor (α, β- or β, γ-unsaturated). The anionic rearrangement is highly diastereoselective producing either syn or anti products with 90-96% de. Vicinal quaternary centers are constructed easily. Other sulfur-based, anion-stabilizing groups were found to be inferior (sulfide, sulfoxide, and sulfilimine).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8878-8891
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number24
StatePublished - Nov 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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