Conversion of 1-alkenes into 1,4-diols through an auxiliary-mediated formal homoallylic C-H oxidation

Nugzar Ghavtadze, Ferdinand S. Melkonyan, Anton V. Gulevich, Chunhui Huang, Vladimir Gevorgyan

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The ubiquitous nature of C-H bonds in organic molecules makes them attractive as a target for rapid complexity generation, but brings with it the problem of achieving selective reactions. In developing new methodologies for C-H functionalization, alkenes are an attractive starting material because of their abundance and low cost. Here we describe the conversion of 1-alkenes into 1,4-diols. The method involves the installation of a new Si,N-type chelating auxiliary group on the alkene followed by iridium-catalysed C-H silylation of an unactivated δ-C(sp 3)-H bond to produce a silolane intermediate. Oxidation of the C-Si bonds affords a 1,4-diol. The method is demonstrated to have broad scope and good functional group compatibility by application to the selective 1,4-oxygenation of several natural products and derivatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-125
Number of pages4
JournalNature Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014


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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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