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Deacylative Allylation: Allylic Alkylation via Retro-Claisen Activation

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posted on 2011-09-21, 00:00 authored by Alexander J. Grenning, Jon A. Tunge
A new method for allylic alkylation of a variety of relatively nonstabilized carbon nucleophiles is described herein. In this process of “deacylative allylation”, the coupling partners, an allylic alcohol and a ketone pronucleophile, undergo in situ retro-Claisen activation to generate an allylic acetate and a carbanion. In the presence of palladium, these reactive intermediates undergo catalytic coupling to form a new C–C bond. In comparison to unimolecular decarboxylative allylation, a commonly utilized method for allylation of carbon anions, deacylative allylation is an intermolecular process. Moreover, deacylative allylation allows the direct coupling of readily available allylic alcohols. Lastly, the full utility of deacylative allylation is demonstrated by the rapid construction of a variety 1,6-heptadienes via 3-component couplings.