Synthesis 2008(10): 1641-1645  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1032161
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Partial Oxidation of Alkenylsilanes with Ozone: A Novel Stereoselective Approach to the Diol and Triol Derivatives

Kazunobu Igawaa, Kyohei Sakitab, Masanori Murakamib, Katsuhiko Tomooka*a,b
a Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Kasuga-koen 6-1, Kasuga-shi, Fukuoka 816-8580, Japan
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b Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama 2-12-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
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Received 22 October 2007
08. Februar 2008 (online)


The reaction of alkenylsilanes with ozone provides synthetically versatile β-hydroxy or α-formyl silyl peroxides in good yield without normal fission of the C=C bond. The obtained α-formyl silyl peroxides serve as good precursors for the stereochemically defined diol or triol derivatives via nucleophilic addition to the formyl group and reduction of the peroxide moiety.


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Normal oxidative cleavage products were obtained in the ozonation of alkenylsilanes 1 in MeOH, CH2Cl2 or hexane in 10-30% yields.


Although Büchi’s trimethylsilyl peroxide is too reactive to be handled with ease (see ref. 4), our silyl peroxides are tolerant not only to the reductive workup process using NaBH4 but also to purification on silica gel, most probably due to the bulky silyl group on the peroxide moiety. Furthermore, slow thermal degradation was observed at >80 °C in thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of 2c and 4q; see ref. 3.