Using a Cu(II) 2-quinoxalinol salen complex as the catalyst and tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as the oxidant, allylic activations of olefin substrates can be converted to the corresponding enones or 1,4-enediones. Excellent yields can be achieved (up to 99%) within a very short reaction time and with great tolerance for additional functional groups. Possible mechanistic pathways have been characterized using Raman spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and theoretical calculations.
|Journal||Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|State||Published - 2012|