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ABSTRACT: Using a Cu(II) 2-quinoxalinol salen complex as the catalyst and tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as the oxidant, allylic activations of olefin substrates can be converted to the corresponding enones or 1,4-enediones. Excellent yields can be achieved (up to 99%) within a very short reaction time and with great tolerance for additional functional groups. Possible mechanistic pathways have been characterized using Raman spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and theoretical calculations.
The Journal of Organic Chemistry 05/2012; 77(10):4628-33. · 4.56 Impact Factor