Stereochemical effects on the mechanism of the ozonolysis of (E)- and (Z)-o-(2-phenyl-3-methoxy-2-propenyl)benzophenone

Kevin J. McCullough, Norinaga Nakamura, Tomohiro Fujisaka, Masatomo Nojima, Shigekazu Kusubayasbi

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The ozonolyses of (E)- and (Z)-o-(2-phenyl-3-methoxy-2-propenyl)benzophenone (6), which should proceed through a common carbonyl oxide intermediate 15, afforded distinctly different reaction product mixtures, suggesting that the substrate stereochemistry exerts an influence on the overall reaction mechanism: (a) The reaction of (E)-6 in carbon tetrachloride resulted in the formation of unidentified polymeric products, whereas 2,3-diphenylindene ozonide (8) was the major reaction product in acetic acid and methanol at 0 °C. From the ozonolysis of the isomeric keto olefin (Z)-6 in both the protic and aprotic solvents, however, the ozonide 8 was obtained almost quantitatively, (b) The reaction of (E)-6 in methanol-methylene chloride at -70 °C gave the methoxy hydroperoxide 9 in 81% yield, whereas the reaction of (Z)-6 under similar conditions led to the formation of the hemiperacetal 10 (14% yield) together with the ozonide 8 (49% yield). Moreover, the high degree of similarity in the nature and distribution of the products from the ozonolyses of keto olefin (Z)-6 and 2,3-diphenylindene (7) would be consistent with their respective reactions proceeding predominantly through a common carbonyl oxide intermediate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1786-1791
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 1991


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