Formation of an endoperoxide upon chromium-catalyzed allylic oxidation of a triterpene by oxygen

Abbie Chung, Matthew R. Miner, Kathleen J. Richert, Curtis J. Rieder, K. A. Woerpel

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Abstract

The chromium-catalyzed allylic oxidation of triterpene 1 with O2 and N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI, 5 equiv) formed endoperoxide 2 in 76% yield at ambient temperature. Unlike standard allylic oxidations, this oxidation is catalytic in chromium because oxygen, not the chromium reagent, is the oxidant. This oxidation is sensitive to the precise structure of the substrate. The endoperoxide is only formed if ring A is unsaturated and ring C contains an enone. A mechanism is proposed that involves the coupling of two stabilized radicals on rings A and C to form endoperoxide 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-273
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

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