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Dual mechanism of zinc-proline catalyzed aldol reactions in water

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Abstract

The aldol reaction of acetone with aldehydes in aqueous medium under catalysis by zinc-proline (Zn(L-Pro)2) and secondary amines such as proline, (2S,4R)-4-hydroxyproline (Hyp) and (S)-(+)-1-(2-pyrrolidinomethyl)pyrrolidine (PMP) is shown to proceed by an enamine mechanism, as evidenced by reductive trapping of the iminium intermediate, while the aldol reaction of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) under catalysis by zinc-proline and by general bases such as N-methylmorpholine (NMM) is shown to occur under rate-limiting deprotonation of the α-carbon and formation of an enolate intermediate.

Graphical abstract: Dual mechanism of zinc-proline catalyzed aldol reactions in water

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The article was received on 18 Jan 2006, accepted on 14 Feb 2006 and first published on 02 Mar 2006


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B600703A
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2006, 1482-1484
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    Dual mechanism of zinc-proline catalyzed aldol reactions in water

    J. Kofoed, T. Darbre and J. Reymond, Chem. Commun., 2006, 1482
    DOI: 10.1039/B600703A

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