Ferric chloride-catalysed conversion of α-t-butoxy- or α-acetoxy-acrylonitriles into imides

Paul M. Diamond, Stephen E. Dinizo, Robert W. Freerksen, R. Curtis Haltiwanger, David S. Watt

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Ferric chloride in acetic anhydride promotes the conversion of α-t-butoxy- or α-acetoxy-acrylonitriles into α-acetoxy- αβ-unsaturated imides by the formal addition of acetic acid across the C≡N bond; the structure of one of the products has been determined by X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-299
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1977

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We found, however, that this new procedure was limited to the preparation of imides from a-t-butoxy- or cc-acetoxy-acrylonitriles.5 We thank the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the University of Colorado's Computing Centre for financial support. (Received, 15th November 1976; Com. 1250.) t The atomic co-ordinates for this work are available on request from the Director of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, University Chemical Laboratory, Lensfield Rd., Cambridge CB2 IEW. Any request should be accompanied by the full literature citation for this communication. The structure factor table may be obtained as a supplementary publication (NO.22086, 6 pp.) from the British Library.

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