Synthesis 2009(8): 1403-1404  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1088015
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Enantioselective Synthesis of (R)-Propylene Carbonate from Ethyl (S)-Lactate

John M. Whitaker, Robert C. Ronald*
Department of Chemistry, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
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Publication History

Received 17 October 2008
Publication Date:
16 March 2009 (online)

Abstract

We report a three-step synthesis of (R)-propylene carbonate from inexpensive, chiral ethyl (S)-lactate. The synthesis involves a borohydride ester reduction and an unusual intramolecular displacement reaction by a carbonate anion. The procedure is simple and reliable, resulting in (R)-propylene carbonate in approximately 60% overall yield with ≥98% ee.

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