Water as efficient medium for mild decarbonylation of tertiary aldehydes

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Decarbonylation of the tertiary aldehydes 4-ethyl-4-formyl-hexanenitrile (2) and 2-methyl-2-phenylpropanal (4) promoted by dioxygen occurs at room temperature only if suspended in water probably via the sequential acyl radical-CO liberation-tertiary radical that is promoted by an 'on water' process originating preferentially from the corresponding tertiary hydroperoxide.
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Pages (from-to)2803-2807
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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