Synthesis of novel six-, seven- and eight-membered aluminum-containing rings by alumole ring expansion†
The chemistry of aluminacyclopentadienes, also known as alumoles, has experienced a resurgence in recent years, resulting in the preparation of a number of new entries in this class of compound. In contrast, their reactivity remains relatively unexplored. Thus far, their Lewis acid–base chemistry has been studied, as well as various ring-insertion reactions with unsaturated species such as alkynes and azides. Herein we present a range of new ring expansion reactions of an alumole with heteroatom-containing unsaturated species, providing novel six-, seven- and eight-membered cyclic products with high heteroatom content. Additionally, an unusual reaction was observed when the alumole was treated with morpholine-N-oxide, involving a stepwise insertion of two oxygen atoms, first into the exocyclic Al–C bond and then the endocyclic Al–C bond.
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