Methyl Carboxymethylenation of Alcohols via Dehydrative Alkylation

Jurong Yu, Jing Yu Lai, J R Falck

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Dehydrative alkylation of alcohols with methyl phenylsulfonylacetate under modified Mitsunobu conditions followed by desulfonylation using magnesium affords two-carbon elongated methyl carboxylates in good to excellent yields. Diols and bromoalcohols furnish cycloalkylcarboxylates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1127-1128
Number of pages2
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 1995


  • C-C bond formation
  • carboxylation
  • desulfonylation
  • Mitsunobu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

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