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A retro Baeyer–Villiger reaction: electrochemical reduction of [60]fullerene-fused lactones to [60]fullerene-fused ketones

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A highly efficient electrochemical reduction of [60]fullerene-fused lactones to [60]fullerene-fused ketones, a formal process of retro Baeyer–Villiger reaction, has been achieved for the first time. The electrochemically generated dianionic [60]fullerene-fused lactones can be transformed into [60]fullerene-fused ketones in the presence of acetic acid in 85–91% yields. Control experiments have been performed to elucidate the reaction mechanism. The products have been characterized with spectroscopic data and single-crystal X-ray analysis. Moreover, the electrochemical properties have also been investigated.

Graphical abstract: A retro Baeyer–Villiger reaction: electrochemical reduction of [60]fullerene-fused lactones to [60]fullerene-fused ketones

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Submitted
14 Nov 2018
Accepted
15 Jan 2019
First published
16 Jan 2019

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All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 3012-3017
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Edge Article

A retro Baeyer–Villiger reaction: electrochemical reduction of [60]fullerene-fused lactones to [60]fullerene-fused ketones

C. Niu, D. Zhou, Y. Yang, Z. Yin and G. Wang, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 3012
DOI: 10.1039/C8SC05089A

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