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A Palladium-Catalyzed Regioselective Hydroesterification of Alkenylphenols to Lactones with Phenyl Formate as CO Source

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posted on 03.01.2014, 00:00 authored by Haining Wang, Ben Dong, Yang Wang, Jingfu Li, Yian Shi
An effective Pd­(OAc)2-PPh3 catalyzed hydroesterification of alkenylphenols with phenyl formate as CO surrogate is described. A variety of lactones are obtained in generally high yields with high regioselectivities. In one case, 76% ee is obtained with a chiral ligand.