Dimethyldioxirane oxidation of exocyclic (E,E)-cinnamylideneketones uri icon


  • Exocyclic (E,E)-cinnamylideneketones were oxidized by an excess of isolated dimethyldioxirane (DMDO, in acetone solution) at room temperature, providing diastereomeric mixtures of the α,β:γ,δ-diepoxides. In the case of derivatives bearing an ortho-nitrocinnamylidene moiety, α,β-monoepoxides were also isolated as minor products. The structures of all new compounds and the stereochemistry of the monoepoxides and diepoxide diastereomers were established by NMR studies.

publication date

  • January 1, 2009