1,3-Dienones and 2H-Pyran-2-ones from Soft α-Vinyl Enolization of β-Chlorovinyl Ketones: Defined Roles of Brönsted and Lewis Base.Org Lett. 2015 Dec 18; 17(24):6254-7.OL
The eliminative reaction pathways of (E)-β-chlorovinyl ketones were investigated in the presence of both Brönsted and Lewis bases. The Brönsted base, Et3N, effected the soft α-vinyl enolization of (E)-β-chlorovinyl ketones to cumulenol intermediates; in turn, a catalytic amount of Lewis base, PPh3, initiated isomerization to provide 1,3-dienones in high yields. The introduction of a carbon-based nucleophile into the reaction mixture provided the highly efficient synthetic route to 2H-pyran-2-ones in one pot, where the carbon-based nucleophile generated by an extra equivalent of Brönsted base, Et3N, attacked the electrophilic cumulenol intermediates to initiate cyclization to give 2H-pyran-2-ones.