Acid-Catalyzed Olefination of Benzaldehyde

Authors

  • Drs. Henk-Peter van Schaik,

    1. Scheikundig Laboratorium, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1083, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Telefax: Int. code +(20)6461479
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  • Dr. Robert-Jan Vijn,

    1. DSM Research B. V., Department Fine Chemical Intermediates, NL-6160 MD Geleen (The Netherlands)
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  • Prof. Dr. Friedrich Bickelhaupt

    Corresponding author
    1. Scheikundig Laboratorium, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1083, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Telefax: Int. code +(20)6461479
    • Scheikundig Laboratorium, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1083, NL-1081 HV Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Telefax: Int. code +(20)6461479
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Abstract

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Not only mechanistically interesting but also preparatively attractive-for example, because of inexpensive starting materials-the olefmation of aldehydes such as 1 catalyzed by Lewis acids is described here for the first time. This surprising one-pot reaction leads to styrene 2.

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