Catalytic, oxidant-free, direct olefination of alcohols using Wittig reagents

E. Khaskin, D. Milstein

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Reported here is the catalytic, acceptorless coupling of alcohols with in situ generated, non-stabilized phosphonium ylides to form olefins as major products. The reaction uses low catalyst loadings and does not require added oxidants. Hydrogenation of the product is minimized and the reaction leads to Z (aliphatic) or E (benzylic) stereospecificity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9002-9005
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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