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Mechanistic investigation of the selective reduction of Meldrum's acids to β-hydroxy acids using SmI2 and H2O

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The mechanism of a recently reported first mono-reduction of cyclic 1,3-diesters (Meldrum's acids) to β-hydroxy acids with SmI2–H2O has been studied using a combination of reactivity, deuteration, kinetic isotope and radical clock experiments. Most crucially, the data indicate that the reaction proceeds via reversible electron transfer and that water, as a ligand for SmI2, stabilizes the radical anion intermediate rather than only promoting the first electron transfer as originally proposed.

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The article was received on 30 Apr 2014, accepted on 05 Jun 2014 and first published on 05 Jun 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03216K
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 8391-8394
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    Mechanistic investigation of the selective reduction of Meldrum's acids to β-hydroxy acids using SmI2 and H2O

    M. Szostak, S. E. Lyons, M. Spain and D. J. Procter, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 8391
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CC03216K

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