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Indole Anion Cycloadditions With Methyl Coumalate, George A. Kraus, Huangchao Yu Feb 2018

Indole Anion Cycloadditions With Methyl Coumalate, George A. Kraus, Huangchao Yu

Chemistry Publications

The reaction of the anion of indoles with methyl coumalate followed by selective opening of the lactone led to the preparation of tricyclic intermediates for indole alkaloid synthesis.


Upgrading Malic Acid To Bio-Based Benzoates Via A Diels–Alder-Initiated Sequence With The Methyl Coumalate Platform, Jennifer J. Lee, Gerald R. Pollock Iii, Donald Mitchell, Lindsay Kasuga, George A. Kraus Sep 2014

Upgrading Malic Acid To Bio-Based Benzoates Via A Diels–Alder-Initiated Sequence With The Methyl Coumalate Platform, Jennifer J. Lee, Gerald R. Pollock Iii, Donald Mitchell, Lindsay Kasuga, George A. Kraus

Chemistry Publications

The conversion of naturally-occurring malic acid to the 2-pyrone methyl coumalate was optimized using a variety of acid catalysts. Coupling methyl coumalate with electron-rich dienophiles in an inverse electron-demand Diels–Alder (IEDDA)/decarboxylation/elimination domino sequence resulted in an investigation of the scope and limitations of the methodology. The thermal, metal-free, and one-pot procedure allows regioselective access to diverse aromatic compounds including tricyclic, biphenyl, and pyridinyl systems for elaboration. A comparison with analogous pyrones demonstrates the striking efficacy of methyl coumalate as a versatile platform for the generation of biorenewable functionalized benzoates.