Fused 3-methylfurans are readily obtained by the reaction of allenic sulfonium salt 1 and the enolate anions of cyclic 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds in two steps. Using these fused 3-methylfuran compounds as intermediates, furanoterpenoids such as menthofuran (8) and evodone (4b) are synthesized efficiently. Moreover, maturone (15) is also obtained regioselectivity by Lewis acid catalyzed Diels-Alder reaction of benzofuranquinone (12) with piperylene. In the context with the regioselectivity observed in the Diels-Alder reaction of 12, semiempirical molecular orbital calculations are applied to gain its theoretical interpretation based upon frontier molecular orbital theory and transition state analysis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry