A series of hydroxymethyl ketones 4a-g were obtained from the corresponding halogenomethyl ketones 2a-g via their transformation into acetoxymethyl ketones 3a-g by 18-crown-6 catalysed substitution with NaOAc followed by Novozyme 435™ catalysed ethanolysis. This convenient chemo-enzymatic route provides a mild, heavy-metal-free alternative to the direct α-hydroxylations of methyl ketones 1a-g.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 1|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2002|
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