Reduction of δ-Lactones and Hindered Esters with Diborane

Jerry R. Dias, George Pettit

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Abstract

Reduction of certain esters and acetals to ethers (5 to 6, 9 to 10, and 9 to 11) with diborane-tetrahydrofuran has been studied in detail. The experimental results were also interpreted in terms of possible mechanistic pathways for ester → ether, ester → hemiacetal, and acetal → ether reduction reactions using boron hydride reagents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3485-3489
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Volume36
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 1971

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