Metal-free reductive cleavage of benzylic esters and ethers, fragmentations result from single and double electron transfers

Eswararao Doni, Steven O'Sullivan, John A Murphy

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Abstract

The mechanisms for the reductive cleavage of benzylic esters and ethers by neutral organic electron donor 1 are different (see scheme). Products isolated from the cleavage of benzylic ethers result from the transfer of two electrons, without the intermediacy of benzyl radicals, which are believed to be intermediates in the reductive cleavage of benzylic esters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2239-2242
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume52
Issue number8
Early online date11 Jan 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2013

Keywords

  • electron donor
  • fragmentation
  • photoactivation
  • radical ions
  • reduction

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