Organic & biomolecular chemistry

Highly efficient indium(III)-mediated cyclisation of 5-hydroxy-1,3-diketones to 2,3-dihydro-4H-pyran-4-ones; mechanistic insights from in situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

PMID 20090989


5-Hydroxy-1,3-diketones have been synthesised in a facile one-pot reaction from the treatment of acid chlorides with non-substituted ketones and LiHMDS. Subsequent cyclisation to 2,3-dihydro-4H-pyran-4-ones occurs rapidly and in high yield (89-99%) when mediated by anhydrous indium(iii) chloride. A spectroscopic study of the reaction using in situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy has shown the reaction to be highly dependent on temperature, metal complex formation and InCl(3) concentration. Since the reaction is deactivated by the precipitation of [InCl(3).(H(2)O)(3)], the concurrent use of a stronger drying agent, such as molecular sieves 4 A or anhydrous MgSO(4), allows the reaction to be successfully carried out at relatively low loadings of InCl(3) (1-10%). In their absence, the optimum reaction conditions were found to be a diketone : InCl(3) ratio of 3 : 1 in toluene, and a reaction temperature of 80 degrees C.