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Lewis Acid Alkylation of Ketones Using SN1-reactive Acetates

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Reetz, M. T., Hüttenhain, S., & Hübner, F. (1981). Lewis Acid Alkylation of Ketones Using SN1-reactive Acetates. Synthetic Communications, 11(3), 217-222. doi:10.1080/00397918108061863.

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The reaction of carbonic acid esters RCO2R1 with carbanions R2−Metal such as Grignard reagents or enolate anions fails to produce R1−R2 encounters due to preferred attack at the carbonyl function1. We have now discovered that SN1-reactive acetic acid esters undergo smooth C-C-bond formation with silyl enol ethers2 in the presence of ZnI2 to afford α-alkylated ketones. Products due to Claisen ester condensation are not observed. As a prime example, 1 or 2 were found to be excellent prenylating agents.