Kerr, William J. and Watson, Allan J. B. and Hayes, Douglas. (2008) In situ generation of Mes2Mg as a non-nucleophilic carbon-centred base reagent for the efficient one-pot conversion of ketones to silyl enol ethers. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 6 (7). pp. 1238-1243. ISSN 1477-0520
Treatment of commercially available MesMgBr with 1,4-dioxane produces the key Mes2Mg reagent in situ which then mediates the deprotonation of ketones to deliver trimethylsilyl enol ethers, at readily accessible temperatures and without any nucleophilic addition, in an expedient and high yielding one-pot process.
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