Metal-catalyzed acyl transfer reactions of enol esters: Role of Y5(OiPr)13O and (thd)2Y(OiPr) as transesterification catalysts

Mei Huey Lin, T. V. RajanBabu

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(equation presented) Primary and secondary alcohols react with vinyl or isopropenyl acetate at room temperature in the presence of catalytic amounts (0.05-1 mol %) of Y5(OiPr)13O to give the corresponding esters. In selected cases, the yttrium catalyst promotes the selective O-acylation of amino alcohols without the formation of the amide. Enol esters also react with α-amino acid esters in the absence of a catalyst, at room temperature, to give the corresponding amides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997-1000
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Apr 6

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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