Highly efficient isomerization of allylic alcohols into saturated carbonyls is accomplished using the catalyst system of Cp*RuCl[Ph2P(CH2)2NH2-κ2-P,N]-KOt-Bu (Cp* = η5-C5(CH3)5) under mild conditions. Mechanistic consideration based on isotope-labeling experiments indicated the present reaction is applicable to the asymmetric isomerization of racemic sec-allylic alcohols with a prochiral olefin via dynamic kinetic resolution. A concise asymmetric synthesis of muscone has been achieved, where the asymmetric isomerization using an optically active ligand is a key reaction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry