Poly(phosphonate)-mediated Horner–Wadsworth–Emmons reactions
A novel, general protocol for a polymer-mediated Horner–Wadsworth–Emmons (HWE) reaction is reported. The polyvalent polymeric reagent was prepared via acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization. Homo- and copolymers of reactive poly(phosphonate)s with molecular weights up to 40 000 g·mol−1 and molecular weight dispersities Đ < 2 were successfully synthesized. Subsequent application of these polymers in the HWE reaction to prepare a library of aromatic α,β-unsaturated ketones (chalcons) has proven to be an efficient synthetic pathway to minimize purification efforts, as the polymeric side-product can be removed by simple precipitation. In this paper we also demonstrate for the first time the preparation of a linear polyphosphate from a polyalkylphosphonate.