Multigramme synthesis and asymmetric dihydroxylation of a 4-fluorobut-2E-enoate

J A B Laurenson, J A Parkinson, J M Percy, G Rinaudo, R Roig

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Esters of crotonic acid were brominated on a multigramme scale using a free radical procedure. A phase transfer catalysed fluorination transformed these species to the 4-fluorobut-2E-enoates reproducibly and at scale (48–53%, ca. 300 mmol). Asymmetric dihydroxylation reactions were then used to transform the butenoate, ultimately into all four diastereoisomers of a versatile fluorinated
C4 building block at high enantiomeric-enrichment. The (DHQ)2AQN and (DHQD)2AQN ligands described by Sharpless were the most effective. The development and optimisation of a new and facile method for the determination of ee is also described; 19F{1H} spectra recorded in d-chloroform/diisopropyl tartrate showed distinct baseline separated signals for different enantiomers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2660–2668
Number of pages9
JournalBeilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2013


  • asymmetric
  • dihydroxylation
  • ee determination
  • fluorination
  • fluorosugars
  • organo-fluorine


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