Isatin derivatives are reactive electrophilic components for the Baylis-Hillman reaction

Simon J Garden, Jan Skakle

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Isatin derivatives readily react as the electrophilic component in the Baylis-Hillman reaction giving good to excellent yields of the respective adducts. It is generally accepted that ketones only take part in the Baylis-Hillman reaction under relatively extreme conditions. with a few exceptions. Isatin on the other hand readily reacts with acrylic acid derivatives in ethanol and or ethanol/THF mixtures in the presence of a catalytic quantity of DABCO. The solid state structures for these novel dioxindole derivatives were determined for two adducts by single-crystal X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, revealing an inside hydroxyl conformation (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1969-1972
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number11
Early online date1 Feb 2002
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2002


  • alpha-keto esters
  • asymmetric-synthesis
  • methyl acrylate
  • acrylonitrile
  • methodology
  • adducts


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