Synthesis 2007(3): 478-482  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-958959
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A Direct Aldol Addition of Simple Thioesters Employing Soft Enolization

Guoqiang Zhou, Julianne M. Yost, Don M. Coltart*
Department of Chemistry and the Center for Chemical Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA
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Publication History

Received 6 September 2006
Publication Date:
21 December 2006 (online)


Simple thioesters undergo direct aldol addition to aldehydes in the presence of magnesium bromide-diethyl ether and N,N-diisopropylethylamine using untreated, reagent grade dichloromethane under atmospheric conditions. The reactions proceed extremely rapidly and in excellent yield.


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All thioesters used in this work, with the exception of commercially available 7, 10, and 11, were prepared via acylation of the corresponding commercially available thiols.


Aldrich ACS reagent grade, ≥99.5%.