Spontaneous oxidative cyclisations of 1,3-dihydroxy-4-dimethylallylnaphthalene to tricyclic derivatives†
The attachment of a dimethylallyl moiety to C4 of 1,3-dihydroxynaphthalene led to spontaneous oxidative cyclisations, resulting in the formation of two tetrahydrobenzofuran and one bicyclo[3.3.1]nonane derivatives. Incubation under an 18O-rich atmosphere proved that both the incorporated oxygen atoms originated from O2. A radical-involved mechanism is proposed for these cyclisations.
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