Base-catalyzed retro-Claisen condensation: a convenient esterification of alcohols via C–C bond cleavage of ketones to afford acylating sources

@article{Xie2014BasecatalyzedRC,
  title={Base-catalyzed retro-Claisen condensation: a convenient esterification of alcohols via C–C bond cleavage of ketones to afford acylating sources},
  author={Feng Xie and Fengxia Yan and Mengmeng Chen and Min Zhang},
  journal={RSC Advances},
  year={2014},
  volume={4},
  pages={29502-29508}
}
The base-catalyzed esterification of alcohols via retro-Claisen condensation has been demonstrated for the first time. A variety of alcohols including aryl- and heteroaryl methanols as well as aliphatic ones underwent efficient acylation to give the ester products in reasonable to good yields upon isolation. Not only conventional 1,3-diketones but also strong electron-withdrawing group containing acetophenones could serve as the acylating suppliers. The synthetic protocol is operationally… 

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