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Ethanol as a Hydrogenating Agent: Palladium-Catalyzed Stereoselective Hydrogenation of Ynamides to Give Enamides

Ethanol as a Hydrogenating Agent: Palladium-Catalyzed Stereoselective Hydrogenation of Ynamides to Give Enamides
K. C. Kumara Swamy, Alla Siva Reddy
Ethanol is shown to act as a hydrogenating agent for ynamides under palladium catalysis. This behavior is different from the normally expected reaction of ethanol addition to alkynes. The reaction shows stereoselectivity for E enamides, which is in contrast to reports using other hydrogenating sources. The method was also extended to ynamines. Alternatively, the use of ethanol and ammonium formate as the hydrogenating source gives Z enamides. The role of ethanol in hydrogenation was demonstrated by means deuterium labeling experiment. One for the road: Ethanol acts as a hydrogenating agent for ynamides under palladium catalysis. This behavior is different from the normally expected addition of ethanol to alkynes. The reactions shows stereoselectivity for E enamides, which is in contrast to reports using other hydrogenating sources, and the method was also extended to ynamines. Alternatively, the use of ethanol/ammonium formate as the hydrogenating source gives Z enamides.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201702277

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