One-Pot Aldol Cascade for the Preparation of Isospiropyrans, Flavylium Salts, and bis-Spiropyrans
journal contributionposted on 11.06.2020 by Taylor A. Neal, Allyson B. Eippert, Austin Chivington, Andrew Jamison, P. Chukwunalu Chukwuma, Curtis E. Moore, Jennifer F. Neal, Heather C. Allen, Laura M. Wysocki, Noel M. Paul, Jovica D. Badjić
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We probed tandem aldol condensations of sixteen o-hydroxyacetophenones, carrying electron-withdrawing and -donating groups at positions 4 and 5, using five molar equivalents of SiCl4 in anhydrous ethanol. Substrates carrying electron-withdrawing groups (EWGs) (0 < ∑σ > 0.63) populated the equilibria with isospiropyrans (12–74% yield), while those carrying electron-donating groups (EDGs) (∑σ < −0.31) gave flavylium salts (50–80%) or thermochromic bis-spiropyrans (73%). The results are of interest for developing novel organic materials possessing switchable photochromic and thermochromic characteristics.