A Study of the Lithium in Ammonia Reduction of 3-Ethoxy cyclohexenone

David S. Watt, J. Michael McKenna, Thomas A. Spencer

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The composition of the product mixture from the reduction of 3-ethoxycyclohexenone (1) by lithium in ammonia under a variety of conditions has been determined. By appropriate choice of conditions, the predominant product can be made any of four compounds: cyclohexanone (2), cyclohexanol (3), 3-ethoxycyclohexanone (4), or cis-3-ethoxycyclohexanol (5). At -78°, products formed via elimination of ethoxide from enolate anion 9, viz., 2 and 3, are not observed. At -33° this elimination has t1/2, of ca. 7 min. Use at either temperature of absolute ethanol as a quenching reagent rather than ammonium chloride favors formation of the hydroxylic products 3 and 5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2674-2678
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1967

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  • Organic Chemistry


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