Reversible chemoselective transetherification of vinylogous esters using Fe-catalyst under additive free conditions

    Nenavath Parvathalu, Sandip G. Agalave, Nirmala Mohanta and Boopathy Gnanaprakasam

    • Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune-411008, India

    An additive/Brønsted acid/base free, highly efficient and chemoselective transetherification of electron deficient vinylogous esters and water mediated de-alkylation using an earth-abundant Fe-catalyst under very mild reaction conditions is described. This reaction is highly selective to primary alcohols over secondary alcohols, has good functional group tolerance, is scalable to gram scale and a purification free sequential transetherification in a continuous flow mode is demonstrated.

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