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Alternative to Benzoquinone for Room-Temperature Fujiwara–Moritani Reactions

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posted on 2011-10-07, 00:00 authored by Xinzhu Liu, King Kuok (Mimi) Hii
tert-Butyl perbenzoate is a substitute for benzoquinone for mild (room-temperature) Fujiwara–Moritani reactions between acetanilides and butyl acrylate under homogeneous conditions. The system was enhanced further by including Cu(OAc)2 as a cocatalyst. Methyl methacrylate can be activated toward coupling under these conditions.