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Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)

New methylene homologation method for cyclic ketones.


PMID 22893575

Abstract

Teaching new tricks to an old dog: By intercepting adducts between ketones and lithium trimethylsilyldiazomethane, a new Tiffeneau-Demjanov type methylene homologation could be realized in a single-step operation. Among proton sources and Lewis acids, silica gel was found to be the most effective reagent for the protonation of intermediates and their subsequent ring expansion (see scheme).