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Stereoselective conjugate addition of (R)-lithium N,α-dimethylbenzylamide to tert-butyl (E,E)-hexa-2,4-dienoate, followed by reduction of the ester to the corresponding alcohol, affords a substrate which undergoes, on oxidation, a stereospecific Meisenheimer rearrangement to give a single diastereomer of the corresponding trialkylhydroxylamine. Cleavage of the N-O bond gives (R)-hex-3-ene-1,5-diol and subsequent hydrogenation of the double bond affords (R)-hexane-1,5-diol in high e.e.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/0957-4166(96)00102-4

Type

Journal article

Journal

Tetrahedron Asymmetry

Publication Date

01/01/1996

Volume

7

Pages

1001 - 1004