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Di-tert-butylmagnesium as an atom-efficient, carbon-centred base reagent for the preparation of silyl enol ethers from ketones

Kerr, William J. and Watson, Allan J. B. and Hayes, Douglas. (2008) Di-tert-butylmagnesium as an atom-efficient, carbon-centred base reagent for the preparation of silyl enol ethers from ketones. Synlett, 2008 (9). pp. 1386-1390. ISSN 0936-5214

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Abstract

Di-tert-butylmagnesium has been found to be a reactive, yet non-nucleophilic and non-reductive, carbon-centred base for the deprotonation of a series of ketones. This reagent demonstrates equally high reactivity when used as either the pre-formed reagent, or in a more accessible one-pot protocol from the parent Grignard reagent, and offers improved atom-efficiency over more traditionally employed bases.