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Dieckmann Condensation reaction ; 2-Hydroxy-7-methoxy-5-methyl-,3,4-dihydronaphthalene-1-carboxylic acid methyl ester

SyntheticPage 176 (2001)
Submitted 28th Nov 2001, published 28th Nov 2001

lisa frost (,
A contribution from the Caddick Group, Sussex

Reaction Scheme

Chemicals Used
3-(4-methoxy-2-methoxycarbonylmethyl-6-tolyl)-propionic acid methyl ester SP:XX Lithium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide (1M in Hexane) Aldrich THF (distilled from benzophenone ketyl)

To a solution of 3-(4-methoxy-2-methoxycarbonylmethyl-6-tolyl)-propionic acid methyl ester (6.32 g, 23 mmol, 1 equiv) in THF (170 mL)cooled to -78 oCwas added LHMDS (27 mL of a 1M solution in hexanes, 27 mmol, 1.2 equiv) dropwise. The reaction was allowed to stir at this temperature for 30 minutes producing a red solution. TLC analysis [9:1; Pet:EtOAc] identified complete product formation. The reaction was quenched with NH4Cl solution (40 mL) and extracted with ethyl acetate (2 x 100 mL), dried (MgSO4), filtered and concentrated in vacuo. Purification was achieved by chromatography on silica gel with Pet:EtOAc (9:1 v:v) to yield the title compound as a white solid (2.22 g, 40%).

Author's Comments
Although this reaction seems poor yielding, the conditions have been optimised for this system and this is about the best yield obtained. The reaction yield is greatly reduced if the length of reaction is increased or the temperature is altered. Further, no SM is reovered, presumably the reaction yield is low due to decomposition of the SM under the harsh base conditions.

1H nmr (300 MHz, CDCl3) 7.18 (1H, d, J 2.4 Hz), 6.56 (1H, d, J = 2.4 Hz), 3.92 (3H, s), 3.82 (3H, s), 2.75-2.65 (2H, m), 2.55-2.45 (2H, m), 2.30 (3H, s).

Lead Reference
Rucker, Mark; Brueckner, Reinhard; Synlett.; 1997; 1187-1189

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lisa frost
28 Nov 2001 15:16:34
For formation of 3-(4-methoxy-2-methoxycarbonylmethyl-6-tolyl)-propionic acid methyl ester see [SyntheticPage 174]

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