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Tetrahedron. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2010 December 1.
Published in final edited form as:
Tetrahedron. 2009 December 26; 65(52): 10762–10768.
doi:  10.1016/j.tet.2009.06.118
PMCID: PMC2898135

Solvent-dependent oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls and styrene


This report describes the scope and mechanism of the solvent-dependent, chemoselective oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls with styrene using Ce(IV) reagents. Dihydrofuran derivatives are obtained when reactions are performed in methanol whereas α-tetralones can be selectively synthesized in acetonitrile and methylene chloride. Mechanistic studies are consistent with the rate of solvent-assisted deprotonation of a radical cation intermediate playing an integral role in the selective formation of products.

1. Introduction

In recent decades, the use of Ce(IV) reagents in single electron transfer (SET) reactions has steadily increased.1 Ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN) in particular has proven to be a cost-effective and synthetically versatile single electron oxidant. CAN is capable of generating radicals and radical cations that can further react generating carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds.2,3 Although traditionally restricted to aqueous or polar organic solvents, the replacement of the ammonium counterions of CAN with tetra-n-butylammonium yields ceric tetra-n-butylammonium nitrate (CTAN) which is more lipophilic resulting in increased solubility in less polar organic solvents.4 The single electron oxidative coupling of enolizable carbonyl and 1,3-dicarbonyl substrates to activated olefins has received a great deal of interest.5 Previous research from our group reported the solvent-dependent oxidative coupling of 1,3-dicarbonyl substrates to allyltrimethylsilane (Scheme 1).6 When reactions were performed in acetonitrile (MeCN), allylated products were obtained whereas dihydrofuran derivatives were obtained in methylene chloride (CH2Cl2). The basis for this solvent-selective chemoselectivity is a result of solvent-assisted desilylation of the β-silyl cation intermediate in more polar solvents such as MeCN leading to allylated products and inhibiting the cyclization pathway which results in dihydrofuran derivatives. A similar solvent-dependent chemoselectivity was observed for the oxidative addition of β-carbonyl imines to allyltrimethylsilane.7

Scheme 1
Solvent-dependent synthesis of 2-allylated 1,3-dicarbonyl and dihydrofuran derivatives.

The oxidative coupling of 1,3-dicarbonyls to allyltrimethylsilane highlights the ability of solvent to have a significant impact on the reaction pathways of some carbon-carbon bond-forming events. Based on this precedent, the effect of solvent on the oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl substrates to styrene was investigated. While previous research has examined similar synthetic systems, 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl substrates were not used and reactions were performed only in polar solvents.8 The synthetic and mechanistic details for the Ce(IV)-mediated oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl compounds to styrene are presented herein.

2. Results and discussion

2.1. Scope of reaction

In an initial study, when an equivalent of 1-phenyl-1,3-butanedione (1) is treated with 2 equivalents of CAN in MeCN in the presence of a slight excess of styrene, the α-tetralone derivative (1a) was formed as the major product in an isolated yield of 76% (Table 1, entry 1). Interestingly, when the same reaction was performed in methanol (MeOH) with CAN, the dihydrofuran derivatives (1b) were produced in a combined 78% yield. To examine the scope of this solvent-dependent reaction, a variety of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl compounds were examined as substrates. As shown in entries 1–3 in Table 1, the synthesis worked well for a 1-aryl-1,3-diketone (1), a 1,3-diaryl-1,3-diketone (2), and 1-aryl-β-ketoesters (3–5). For the dihydrofuran syntheses using the 1-aryl-β-ketoesters, the products were obtained as single isomers. In all cases the α-tetralone products were obtained as mixtures of the syn and anti diastereomers. These diastereomers proved to be inseparable by column chromatography, but could be distinguished through the resonance for the proton on the 2 position of the tetralone ring.

Table 1
Ce(IV)-mediated oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls to styrene

In order to establish which resonance corresponded to which diastereomer, a series of computational and NMR experiments was performed. Gaussian 03 at the B3LYP/6-31G{d,p} level was used for DFT optimizations .9 When the structures for both diastereomers were optimized, the protons in position 2 and 4 for the syn diastereomer of 1a were in close proximity, whereas they pointed away from one another in the anti diastereomer (Supplementary Information). A 2D NOESY NMR experiment performed on 1a showed a weak cross signal for the more downfield resonance from the proton at position 2 to the overlapping signals from the proton at position 4. As a result, this signal was attributed to the syn diasteromer. The conformations of the other α-tetralone products were characterized by analogy. While the syn:anti ratio of diastereomers for 1a was 1:2.5, the ratios were 1:1 for the products obtained from the β-ketoester substrates. While the calculations suggest that the anti diastereomer of 1a is slightly more stable than the syn, optimized syn and anti structures of 3a indicated negligible energy differences between the two diastereomers.

In addition to varying the types of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl compounds used, the effect of altering the electron density of the 1-aryl ring was examined. As shown in entry 4, when an electron-withdrawing fluorine was incorporated into the ring, the major product for the reaction performed in MeCN was dihydrofuran 4b instead of the expected α-tetralone 4a. Similarly, when the ring was activated by the addition of three methoxy substituents, the selectivity was significantly shifted towards the formation of α-tetralone 5a in MeOH, producing 5b in only a 25% yield. In addition, when the reaction was performed in MeCN, analysis of the crude reaction mixture by 1H NMR showed only trace amounts of dihydrofuran 5b. These results suggested strong electronic effect with electron rich aryl rings favoring α-tetralone formation and electron poor aryl rings favoring the production of dihydrofurans. Furthermore, these results indicated the possibility of the carbonyl and the phenyl groups competing to trap the intermediate produced after addition of the dicarbonyl to styrene during the course of the reaction.

The experiments described above show that both the solvent polarity and the electron density of the 1-aryl ring play a role in product distribution. Based on this observation, could the chemoselectivity be controlled by the use of an even less polar solvent? To examine this hypothesis, the oxidative addition of substrates 1–4 to styrene was performed in CH2Cl2 using CTAN as the oxidant (Table 2). For all four substrates, the selective formation of α-tetralone derivatives was improved when the reaction was performed in CH2Cl2 with CTAN when compared to MeCN and CAN. Whereas substrate 4 favored dihydrofuran formation in MeCN, the reaction in CH2Cl2 produced the desired α-tetralone 4a in a 62% yield.

Table 2
Selective synthesis of α-tetralone derivatives in CH2Cl2a

With a simple procedure and mild reaction conditions, the oxidative addition of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls to styrene presented above provides an efficient approach to substituted α-tetralones and dihydrofurans selectively in good to very good yields. The ability to produce these classes of compounds is synthetically of interest since dihydrofuran and α-tetralone moieties are present in a variety of natural products.11 In addition, α-tetralones are synthetic precursors to biologically relevant molecules such as podophyllotoxin and phyltetralin.12 While Mn(III)-mediated synthetic routes to α-tetralones have been developed previously, these approaches require prolonged reaction times, elevated temperatures and proceeded through dihydrofuran intermediates which were converted to the α-tetralones using SnCl4.13 In comparison, the Ce(IV)-mediated methodology is a one-step reaction that can be performed at room temperature in only 2 hours.

2.2. Mechanistic studies

In order to fully elucidate the solvent-dependent chemoselectivity exhibited in this system, a thorough mechanistic analysis was performed. Preliminary studies were focused on the initial oxidation of the 1-aryl-1,3-diketone or β-ketoester in the absence of styrene to determine the impact of solvent on the mechanism of oxidation and the stability of the radical cation intermediate. Observed rate constants (kobs) for the oxidation of substrates 1 and 3 were obtained in all three solvents using either CAN or CTAN (k1 values, Table 3). These rate data were obtained by monitoring the decay of the Ce(IV) absorbance at 380 nm with a stopped-flow spectrophotometer. While the λmax of Ce(IV) is at 330 nm, the decay of Ce(IV) was monitored at 380 nm since the absorbance of the substrates overlapped at 330 nm. To assess the role of solvent, rate studies were performed first in the absence of styrene under pseudo-first order conditions keeping the substrate in excess with respect to the oxidant. Based on the previous studies of 1,3-dicarbonyls, it was postulated that the first step of the reaction involved the oxidation of the enol tautomer of the 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl species by Ce(IV) to generate a radical cation.14,15 This supposition is also supported by the fact that many radical cations absorb in the range of 400 to 500 nm.16 To obtain a better understanding of the process, a time-resolved absorption spectrum was obtained for the oxidation of 3. As shown in the inset of Figure 1, a clear isosbestic point was observed at 420 nm. Since the substrates, Ce(IV) and Ce(III) do not absorb above 400 nm, the absorption at 460 nm was attributed to a radical cation intermediate. The rate of growth of the absorption at 460 nm for substrates 1 and 3 were recorded in each solvent and are included in Table 3. The growth of the radical cation absorption k2 was equal to the decay of Ce(IV) at 380 nm k2 within experimental error, a finding consistent with earlier studies on the Ce(IV)-mediated oxidation of 1-alkyl-1,3-diketones.15

Figure 1
Time-resolved absorption spectrum observed from CTAN and ethylbenzoylacetate (3) in CH2Cl2 ([3] = 50 mM, [CTAN] = 1 mM) from 400–500 nm at 25°C. Spectrum was obtained by taking 10 scans every 5 nm over a period of 50 msec.
Table 3
Kinetic rate data for the Ce(IV)-mediated oxidation of 1-phenyl-1,3-butanedione and ethylbenzoylacetatea

The rate data obtained indicated a clear trend based on the polarity of the solvent. The rate of decay of Ce(IV) increased with solvent polarity being fastest in MeOH and slowest in CH2Cl2. Furthermore, the rate of oxidation of diketone 1 and β-ketoester 3 is roughly 2 orders of magnitude faster in MeOH than in MeCN. The impact of solvent polarity and the relative rate differences among the solvents examined are consistent with earlier studies on 1-alkyl-1,3-diketones and related silylenol ethers.15

Next, the impact of solvent on the lifetime of the radical cation was examined by monitoring its decay at 460 nm. Examination of the observed rate constants of radical cation decay (k3) contained in Table 3 shows a clear dependence on solvent polarity in the order of MeOH > MeCN > CH2Cl2. The k3 value is 4–7 times greater in MeOH than in MeCN whereas k3 is 3–6 times greater in MeCN than in CH2Cl2. The general trend for the stability of radical cations in the solvents examined is the same as in previous studies of 1,3-diketones and β-silyl enol ethers.15 However, the difference in the rates of radical cation decay of 1 and 3 among the solvents examined is less. Previous studies on radical cations derived from 1-alkyl-1,3-diketones showed a large difference among the solvents with decays in MeOH on the order of 15 to 100 times faster than in MeCN.15 It is likely that the presence of the 1-phenyl group stabilizes the radical cation intermediate thereby tempering the impact of solvent.

To further probe the role of solvent, 2,2-dideuterio-1-phenyl-1,3-butanedione was prepared and the rate of decay of its radical cation was measured under conditions identical to those described previously. The data are displayed in Table 4. The kH/kD values for both MeCN and CH2Cl2 were greater than 2 (entries 2 and 3, Table 4), a finding consistent with studies reported by Schmittel for the deprotonation of the anisyldimesitylethenol radical cation.16 The kH/kD value for MeOH (entry 1, Table 4) was 1.5. The lower value in MeOH is likely due to exchange between solvent and deuterium in the substrate.

Table 4
Observed rate constants for the decay of the radical cation of 2,2-dideuterio-1-phenyl-1,3-butanedione in MeOH, MeCN, and CH2Cl2 a

Both the observation that the radical cations of 1-aryl-1,3-diketones and 1-aryl-β-ketoesters decay faster in more polar solvents and the results from the deuterium isotope study agree with the known solvent-assisted mechanism of O-H bond cleavage17,18 and are consistent with previous mechanistic studies on the role of solvent in the decay of radical cations derived from 1-alkyl-1,3-diketones.15

The studies described to this point support solvent playing an important role in the oxidation of substrate and in the stability of the initial radical cation intermediate. In the absence of styrene, the decay of the radical cation was a result of deprotonation. Next, a series of experiments was performed to determine the mechanistic role of styrene in the reaction. In these studies, the decay of the radical cation of 1-phenyl-1,3-butanedione (1) was monitored in the presence of increasing concentrations of styrene in all three solvents under pseudo-first order conditions with respect to the oxidant. The data for these experiments are contained in Table 5.

Table 5
Rate order of styrene for decay of radical cation at 460 nm.

These experiments clearly showed that the rate order of styrene was 1 in MeCN and CH2Cl2 whereas it was significantly less than unity (0.28) in MeOH. These results indicated that reaction of radical cation with styrene was the rate-limiting step of the reaction in MeCN and CH2Cl2. Previous studies from our group have shown that radical cations derived from 1,3-diketones and related silyl enol ethers are deprotonated by MeOH through solvent-assisted deprotonation whereas in CH2Cl2 and MeCN, the intermediates are deprotonated through a unimolecular mechanism.15 Based on this precedent, the rate order of styrene in MeOH was interpreted as being consistent with deprotonation of the radical cation by solvent prior to addition to styrene.

Taken together, these studies indicated several key details about the mechanism of the Ce(IV)-mediated oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls to styrene. First, the rates of oxidation of substrates by Ce(IV), the rates of radical cation formation and the rates of decay of the radical cations were solvent-dependent (MeOH > MeCN > CH2Cl2). Second, styrene was first order in both MeCN and CH2Cl2. Finally, a fractional rate order of styrene for the decay of the radical cation in MeOH indicated solvent-assisted deprotonation of the radical cation to a radical species prior to addition to styrene.

From the experimental results and points described above, the mechanism provided in Scheme 2 is proposed to explain the solvent-dependent chemoselectivity of the oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls to styrene. Initial oxidation of the enol tautomer (6’) by Ce(IV) produces radical cation 7. In MeOH, solvent-assisted deprotonation of the radical cation yields radical intermediate 8. After the addition to styrene to form 9, rotation around one of the carbonyl-CH bonds and another single electron oxidation by Ce(IV) produces cation 10. Cyclization and deprotonation of 10 result in dihydrofuran derivative 11. Conversely in less polar solvents such as MeCN and CH2Cl2, radical cation 7 adds directly to styrene producing intermediate 12. This intermediate has restricted rotation since the proton is shared by the two carbonyl groups, thus placing the intermediate in close proximity to the phenyl ring. Oxidation to cation 13 followed by addition to the phenyl ring and subsequent deprotonation provides a pathway to α-tetralone 14. A variation on this mechanism can be envisioned through intramolecular radical addition in 12 followed by a second single electron oxidation and deprotonation to provide 14 as well.

Scheme 2
Proposed mechanism for the solvent-dependent chemoselective oxidative addition of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls to styrene.

Observations from reactions involving substrates 4 and 5 indicate an electronic effect consistent with the proposed mechanism. Based on the mechanism shown in Scheme 2, lower nucleophilicity of the aryl ring should promote dihydrofuran formation whereas an electron rich ring should lead to a higher yield of α-tetralone. This supposition is borne out by synthetic studies showing that the electron rich aryl ring in substrate 5 produces α-tetralone 5a predominantly whereas substrate 4 containing an electron deficient ring favors dihydrofuran formation.

The key feature of the above mechanism is that direct addition of the radical cation to styrene before deprotonation provides a conformationally restricted intermediate that directs C-C bond formation leading to α-tetralone rather than C–O bond formation producing dihydrofuran. If this hypothesis is correct, addition of a basic solvent to the reaction performed in CH2Cl2 (or MeCN) should provide the dihydrofuran as the major product. To test this supposition, the reaction of substrate 2 with styrene employing CTAN as the oxidant was conducted in CH2Cl2 containing 5 equiv of MeOH. Dihydrofuran 2b was obtained in 80% yield.

3. Conclusions

A solvent-dependent chemoselective method for the Ce(IV)-mediated oxidative coupling of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls to styrene producing substituted dihydrofuran and α-tetralone derivatives has been developed. Reactions performed in MeOH yielded predominantly dihydrofuran derivatives whereas reactions in MeCN or CH2Cl2 favored the formation of α-tetralones. The reaction is general, working for a variety of 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyls and generating the desired products in good to very good yields. The reaction conditions are straightforward with short reaction times at room temperature. A thorough mechanistic analysis was consistent with the rate of solvent-assisted deprotonation of an initial radical cation intermediate playing an integral role in the selective formation of products. To the best of our knowledge, this approach is the first reported in which the reaction pathway is controlled by the lifetime of a radical cation intermediate. Further studies of other solvent-dependent reaction systems involving radical cations are currently underway.

4. Experimental

4.1. Instrumentation

Mechanistic rate data and time-resolved spectra were obtained using a computer-controlled stopped-flow reaction spectrophotometer from Applied Photophysics Limited. 1H, 13C and NOESY NMR spectra were recorded on a Bruker 500 MHz spectrometer. Mass spectra were obtained using a HP 5890 series GC-MS instrument. Column chromatography was performed using the automated CombiFlash® Rf system from Teledyne Isco, Inc.

4.2. Materials and methods

Acetonitrile (MeCN) and methylene chloride (CH2Cl2) were purified with a Pure Solv solvent purification system from Innovative Technology, Inc. Methanol (MeOH) was dried with activated 3Å molecular sieves prior to use. All 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl substrates were purchased commercially and used without further purification. Styrene was filtered through a plug of neutral alumina to remove stabilizers. CAN was purchased commercially and used without further purification. CTAN was synthesized using a previously reported procedure.4 Products were separated using prepacked silica gel columns with a gradient elution of either ethylacetate:hexanes or ether:hexanes.

For the mechanistic studies the Ce(IV) oxidants and substrates were prepared separately in the appropriate solvent in a glovebox, transported in airtight syringes, and injected into the stopped-flow spectrophotometer. The cellblock and the drive syringes of the stopped-flow spectrophotometer were flushed at least three times with dry, degassed solvent to make the system anaerobic. Temperature in the stopped-flow spectrophotometer was maintained at 25°C using a NESLAB RTE-111. The geometries of the syn and anti structures of 1a were optimized using Gaussian at the B3LYP/6-31G{d,p} level of theory.

4.3. General procedures

4.3.1. Synthesis of α-tetralone derivatives

All glassware was flame-dried before use. The 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl substrate (1 mmol) was dissolved in 15 mL of either MeCN or CH2Cl2 respectively. Styrene (1.1 mmol) was added dropwise and the reaction was purged with N2 gas. CAN or CTAN (2.1 mmol) was dissolved in 5 mL MeCN or CH2Cl2 respectively and added to the reaction via syringe with stirring. After stirring at room temperature for 2 hrs, solvent was removed via rotary evaporation. Water was added and then extracted three times with ether. The organic layers were combined, dried with MgSO4, filtered and concentrated. The α-tetralone products 1a–5a were purified via automated flash chromatography. 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectra were used to assess purity. NMR spectra are included in the Supplementary Information.

4.3.2. Synthesis of dihydrofuran derivatives

All glassware was flame-dried before use. The 1-aryl-1,3-dicarbonyl substrate (1 mmol) was dissolved in 15 mL of MeOH. Styrene (1.1 mmol) was added dropwise and the reaction was purged with N2 gas. CAN (2.1 mmol) was dissolved in 5 mL MeOH and added to the reaction via syringe with stirring. After stirring at room temperature for 2 hrs, solvent was removed via rotary evaporation. Water was added and then extracted three times with ether. The organic layers were combined, dried with MgSO4, filtered and concentrated. The dihydrofuran products 1b–5b were purified via automated flash chromatography. 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectra were used to assess purity. NMR spectra are included in the Supplementary Information.

4.4. Characterization of products

4.4.1. 2-Acetyl-3,4-dihydro-4-phenyl-1(2H)-naphthalenone (1a): mixture of diastereomers

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.96-7.88 (m, 4H), 7.67-7.61 (m, 2H), 7.55-7.47 (m, 4H), 7.44-7.30 (m, 8H), 5.83 (t, 1H, J=7.2 Hz, syn), 5.75 (dd, 1H, J=2.3 Hz, 6.0 Hz, anti), 4.61-4.56 (m, 2H), 2.58-2.52 (m, 4H), 2.17-2.13 (s, 6H). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 202.2, 195.4, 137.2, 134.3, 134.2, 129.3, 129.1, 129.0, 128.8, 128.7, 126.3, 83.2, 82.8, 58.7, 58.4, 33.4, 33.3, 28.8, 28.5. MS [m/z (rel int)] 264 (M+, 1), 221 (65), 203 (18), 173 (15), 105 (98), 77 (90), 51 (30).

4.4.2. 3-Benzoyl-4,5-dihydro-2-methyl-5-phenyl-furan (1b): major isomer

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.62-7.58 (m, 2H), 7.51-7.34 (m, 8H), 5.66 (dd, 1H, J=1.1 Hz, 9.0 Hz), 3.51 (ddd, 1H, J=1.4 Hz, 4.1 Hz, 10.5 Hz), 3.17 (ddd, 1H, J=1.4 Hz, 5.9 Hz, 8.8 Hz), 1.95 (br. t, 3H, J=1.4 Hz). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 168.5, 141.0, 131.1, 128.7, 128.3, 127.8, 125.8, 83.4, 39.5, 15.5. MS [m/z (rel int)] 264 (M+, 36), 221 (15), 203 (8), 171 (9), 105 (94), 91 (17), 77 (100), 51 (35).

4.4.3. 2-Benzoyl-3,4-dihydro-4-phenyl-1(2H)-naphthalenone (2a)

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.97-7.92 (m, 2H), 7.87-7.83 (m, 2H), 7.64-7.56 (m, 2H), 7.52-7.42 (m, 4H), 7.41-7.38 (m, 4H), 5.92 (dd, 1H, J=3.7 Hz, 5.2 Hz), 5.38 (dd, 1H, J=2.2 Hz, 5.5 Hz), 2.72-2.59 (m, 2H). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 195.0, 194.9, 137.4, 135.4, 135.2, 134.0, 129.3, 129.1, 129.0 (2), 128.6, 128.5, 126.2, 83.3, 52.4, 33.9. MS [m/z (rel int)] 326 (M+, 1), 239 (67), 222 (7), 161 (9), 105 (100), 77 (58), 51 (11).

4.4.4. 3-Benzoyl-4,5-dihydro-2,5-diphenyl-furan (2b)

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.51-7.18 (m, 11H), 7.13-7.06 (m, 4H), 5.85 (t, 1H, J=9.8 Hz), 3.72 (dd, 1H, J=4.8 Hz, 10.3 Hz), 3.40 (dd, 1H, J=6.2 Hz, 8.9Hz). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 193.4, 165.4, 141.1, 139.0, 131.2, 130.1, 129.5, 128.9, 128.8, 128.3, 127.7 (2), 125.9, 111.8, 83.2, 41.2. MS [m/z (rel int)] 326 (M+, 10), 223 (13), 134 (51), 121 (100), 105 (70), 91 (15), 77 (80), 51 (16).

4.4.5. Ethyl-3,4-dihydro-4-phenyl-1(2H)-naphthalenone-2-carboxylate (3a): mixture of diastereomers

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.98-7.91 (m, 4H), 7.50-7.33 (m, 15H), 5.93 (dd, 1H, J=3.2 Hz, 5.6 Hz, syn), 5.83 (dd, 1H, J=2.8 hz, 5.8 Hz, anti), 4.50-4.42 (m, 2H), 4.20-4.12 (m, 4H), 2.66-2.54 (m, 4H), 1.21-1.15 (m, 6H). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 193.9, 193.8, 168.9 (2), 137.2, 137.1, 135.6, 135.5, 134.0, 133.8, 129.2 (2), 129.0 (2), 128.9 (2), 128.8, 128.7, 128.6, 126.4, 126.3, 83.0 (2), 61.9 (2), 50.3, 50.2, 33.5, 13.9. MS [m/z (rel int)] 294 (M+, 1), 238 (33), 133 (35), 105 (100), 77 (60), 51 (20).

4.4.6. Ethyl-4,5-dihydro-2,5-diphenyl-3-furancarboxylate (3b)

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.88-7.85 (m, 2H), 7.46-7.33 (m, 8H), 5.73 (dd, 1H, J=2.1 Hz, 8.7 Hz), 4.18-4.12 (m, 2H), 3.58 (dd, 1H, J=4.5 Hz, 10.8 Hz), 3.16 (dd, 1H, 6.6 Hz, 8.6 Hz), 1.21 (t, 3H, J=7.2 Hz). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 198.9, 165.2, 164.8, 141.7, 130.4, 129.4, 128.7, 128.1, 127.6, 125.7, 102.1, 82.5, 59.8, 39.9, 14.2. MS [m/z (rel int)] 294 (M+, 13), 247 (26), 220 (4), 115 (25), 105 (100), 77 (43).

4.4.7. Methyl-3,4-dihydro-6-fluoro-4-phenyl-1(2H)-naphthalenone-2-carboxylate (4a): mixture of diastereomers

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 8.00-7.94 (m, 4H), 7.43-7.32 (m, 8H), 7.19-7.13 (m, 4H), 5.91 (dd, 1H, J=3.6 Hz, 5.4 Hz, syn), 5.81 (dd, 1H, J=3.2 Hz, 5.6 Hz, anti), 4.47-4.41 (m, 2H), 3.72-3.69 (s, 6H). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 192.1 (2), 169.2, 167.2, 165.2 (2), 137.1, 137.0, 131.5, 131.5 (2), 131.4, 129.3 (2), 129.0 (2), 126.3 (2), 116.2, 116.0, 82.9 (2), 53.0, 50.0, 49.8, 33.6, 33.5. MS [m/z (rel int)] 384 (M+, 10), 281 (11), 257 (13), 207 (100), 195 (92), 115 (19), 105 (27), 77 (16).

4.4.8. Methyl-4,5-dihydro-2-(4-fluoro-phenyl)-5-phenyl-3-furancarboxylate (4b)

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.97-7.91 (m, 2H), 7.44-7.38 (m, 4H), 7.38-7.32 (m, 1H), 7.13-7.06 (m, 2H), 5.73 (dd, 1H, J=2.2 Hz, 8.6 Hz), 3.70 (s, 3H), 3.58 (dd, 1H, J=4.6 Hz, 10.8 Hz), 3.16 (dd, 1H, J=6.7 Hz, 8.6 Hz). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 165.5, 164.9, 163.9, 162.9, 141.4, 131.7, 131.6, 128.8, 128.2, 125.7, 114.9, 114.7, 101.6, 82.5, 51.1, 39.8. MS [m/z (rel int)] 384 (M+, 6), 370 (13), 281 (12), 207 (96), 195 (100), 105 (42), 77 (39).

4.4.9. Ethyl-3,4-dihydro-4-phenyl-5,6,7-trimethoxy-1(2H)-naphthalenone-2-carboxylate (5a): mixture of diastereomers

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.41-7.34 (m, 8H), 7.25, 7.20 (m, 4H), 5.89, (dd, 1H, J=5.0 Hz, 4.8 Hz, syn), 5.84 (dd, 1H, J=2.3 Hz, 6.0 Hz), 4.46 (dd, 1H, J=3.9 Hz, 5.0 Hz, syn) 4.41 (t, 1H, J=7.1 Hz, anti), 4.24-4.15 (m, 4H), 3.96-3.88 (m, 18H), 2.64-2.49 (m, 4H), 1.26-1.19 (m, 6H). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 192.6 (2), 169.0 (2), 153.2 (2), 137.3, 137.2, 130.7, 130.6, 129.3, 129.2, 129.0 (2), 126.3, 126.2, 106.2, 106.1, 83.2, 83.1, 62.0, 61.0, 56.3 (2), 50.3, 50.2, 33.8, 14.0 (2). MS [m/z (rel int)] 298 (M+, 8), 265 (6), 170 (16), 123 (100), 95 (25).

4.4.10. Ethyl-4,5-dihydro-5-phenyl-2-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)-3-furancarboxylate (5b)

1H NMR (CDCl3, 500MHz) – δ 7.44-7.33 (m, 5H), 7.33-7.30 (s, 2H), 5.71 (dd, 1H, J=1.8 Hz, 8.9 Hz), 4.20-4.13 (m, 2H), 3.90 (s, 9H), 3.58 (dd, 1H, J=4.5 Hz, 10.8 Hz), 3.16 (dd, 1H, J=6.6 Hz, 8.8 Hz), 1.25 (t, 3H, J=7.1 Hz). 13C NMR (CDCl3, 125MHz) – δ 165.2, 156.0, 152.4, 141.6, 128.7, 128.2, 125.7, 124.8, 107.1, 101.8, 82.3, 60.9, 59.8, 56.2, 40.4, 14.4. MS [m/z (rel int)] 298 (M+, 1), 105 (100), 77 (60), 51 (25).

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