2-Acylimidazoles are widely used as post-Transformable carboxylic acid equivalents in chemoselective and enantioselective reactions. Their transformations, however, require pretreatment with highly reactive, toxic methylating reagents to facilitate C-C bond cleavage. Here, we demonstrate that such pretreatment can be avoided and the C-C bond cleaved under neutral conditions without the use of additional reagents or catalysts. The scope of the reaction, including the use of products reported in the literature as substrates, and some mechanistic insights are described.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry