Metal carbenes, derived from the decomposition of diazo compounds, are valued for their capacity to perform a variety of transformations. A unique class of acyclic, bis-diazo compounds, the donor-acceptor-acceptor 1,3-bisdiazo compounds, are described herein. These compounds are available from acyclic β-keto esters and especially reactive at the donor-acceptor diazo unit. These bisdiazo compounds react smoothly with rhodium acetate and alcohols to give monodiazo, cyclic orthoesters, presumably through the capture of a transient oxonium ylide.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry