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Issue 2, 2010
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Environmentally benign metal-free decarboxylative aldol and Mannich reactions

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Aiming at the development of green and efficient C–C bond formations (aldol and Mannich reactions), the decarboxylative nucleophilic addition of malonic acid half ester to imines or aldehydes under mild metal-free conditions was studied. A careful control of the temperature and the appropriate choice of the organic base allowed us to obtain β-amino esters or β-hydroxy esters including α-substituted and α,α-disubstituted ones in moderate to excellent yields. 1H NMR monitoring of the reaction unveiled two distinct mechanisms depending on the hemimalonate used. With the unsubstituted substrate, a carboxylic acid intermediate was isolated upon acid quench resulting from the nucleophilic addition of the putative enol carboxylate anion of the hemimalonate to imines/aldehydes before CO2 loss. With substituted hemimalonates, the reaction likely involved an enolate which then added to imines/aldehydes or was competitively protonated. According to the base used, the reaction can be carried out either under solvent free-conditions or in an ionic liquid under mild conditions.

Graphical abstract: Environmentally benign metal-free decarboxylative aldol and Mannich reactions

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The article was received on 31 Jul 2009, accepted on 15 Oct 2009 and first published on 18 Nov 2009

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B915681J
Green Chem., 2010,12, 252-259

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    Environmentally benign metal-free decarboxylative aldol and Mannich reactions

    J. Baudoux, P. Lefebvre, R. Legay, M. Lasne and J. Rouden, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 252
    DOI: 10.1039/B915681J

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