Synthesis 2010(22): 3811-3821  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1258259
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2-Benzothiazolyl Propargyl Sulfides: Versatile Precursors for Enantiopure Allenes, E-α,β-Unsaturated Ketones and Z-Sulfonylalkenes

Dagmar C. Kapeller*, Philip J. Kocienski*
School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Received 30 June 2010
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22 September 2010 (eFirst)


A novel, stereospecific route to allenes is described. The approach proceeds via a retro-ene reaction, initiated by lithium aluminium hydride mediated cleavage of benzothiazole from the respective (chiral) 2-benzothiazolyl propargyl sulfone precursors. As such, allenes in up to 92% yield are formed under evolution of sulfur dioxide at ambient temperature. Furthermore, a new and mild way to generate E-α,β-unsaturated ketones has been discovered. These substrates are formed in around 50% yield by treating 2-benzothiazolyl propargyl sulfides with hydrogen peroxide and a catalytic amount of ammonium molybdate at room temperature. In the course of this research it was also found that treatment of 2-benzothiazolyl propargyl sulfones with sodium borohydride led to reduction of the triple bond exclusively to the Z-double bond.