An efficient synthesis of tetrasubstituted furans was achieved from the corresponding α,β-unsaturated ketone derivatives, acid chlorides, and Bu3P in the presence of Et3N via a chemoselective intramolecular Wittig reaction as the key step. The presence of an additional electron-withdrawing group in the α-position of Michael acceptors controlled the chemoselectivities of presumable phosphorus ylides in the intramolecular Wittig reactions, and their mechanisms were also investigated by DFT calculations.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry