1969 Volume 42 Issue 10 Pages 2938-2944
The reaction of α-diazoacetophenone with olefinic compounds, such as vinyl acetate, cis- and trans-stilbenes and cyclohexene, has been studied in the presence of bis(acetylacetonato)copper-(II). The reaction gave the corresponding cyclopropane derivatives, the addition products of benzoylcarbene to the double bond of olefinic compounds in good yields, accompanied by cis-and trans-dibenzoylethylenes, dibenzoylethane or dilactone. Addition of carbene was found to be stereospecific in the cases of cis- and trans-stilbenes. A mechanism has been advanced in which a ketocarbene-metal chelate complex is included as an intermediate of the reaction.
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