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The Meyer–Schuster rearrangement for the synthesis of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds

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Abstract

The Meyer–Schuster rearrangement is the conversion of propargyl alcohols into α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds via a formal 1,3-hydroxyl shift and tautomerization. The major challenge associated with the Meyer–Schuster reaction is that of selectively promoting the desired rearrangement over the myriad other reaction pathways available to propargyl alcohols. This Perspective Article features recent advances in the Meyer–Schuster reaction, including several demonstrated techniques for improving the scope. Strengths and weaknesses of each technique are discussed, and outstanding problems that warrant further study are highlighted. The primary motivation for research and development of the Meyer–Schuster rearrangement is as a means of preparing α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds as part of a two-stage olefination strategy.

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The article was received on 23 Jun 2009, accepted on 07 Aug 2009 and first published on 14 Sep 2009


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B912099H
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2009,7, 4149-4158
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    The Meyer–Schuster rearrangement for the synthesis of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds

    D. A. Engel and G. B. Dudley, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2009, 7, 4149
    DOI: 10.1039/B912099H

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