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The Wolff Rearrangement of α-Diazo Carbonyl Compounds
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
Copyright © 1975 by Verlag Chemie, GmbH, Germany
Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 32–43, January 1975
How to Cite
Meier, H. and Zeller, K.-P. (1975), The Wolff Rearrangement of α-Diazo Carbonyl Compounds. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 14: 32–43. doi: 10.1002/anie.197500321
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 18 JUL 1974
- Wolff rearrangement;
- Diazo compounds;
The readily accessible α-diazo carbonyl compounds are distinguished by their high reactivity, which opens up a variety of preparative applications under modified conditions. Wolff rearrangements of these compounds, induced thermally, photochemically, or catalytically, afford ketenes. Free and complexed carbenes, 1,3-dipoles, 1,3-diradicals, and the antiaromatic oxirenes have been considered as intermediates or transition states. The present progress report attempts to integrate preparative and theoretical aspects.