Regioselective Acetylation of Diols and Polyols by Acetate Catalysis: Mechanism and Application.
Journal article, 2014

We propose a principle for H-bonding activation in acylation of hydroxyl groups, where the acylation is activated by the formation of hydrogen bonds between hydroxyl groups and anions. With the guidance of this principle, we demonstrate a method for the selective acylation of carbohydrates. By this method, diols and polyols are regioselectively acetylated in high yields under mild conditions using catalytic amts. of acetate. In comparison to other methods involving reagents such as organotin, organoboron, organosilicon, organobase, and metal salts, this method is more environmentally friendly, convenient, and efficient and is also assocd. with higher regioselectivity. We have performed a thorough quantum chem. study to decipher the mechanism, which suggests that acetate first forms a dual H-bond complex with a diol, which enables subsequent monoacylation by acetic anhydride under mild conditions. The regioselectivity appears to originate from the inherent structure of the diols and polyols and their specific interactions with the coordinating acetate catalyst. [on SciFinder(R)]

regioselective acetylation

density functional theory

Green chemistry



Bo Ren

Xiaoling Zhang

Yixuan Zhou

Hai. Dong

Journal of Organic Chemistry

0022-3263 (ISSN) 1520-6904 (eISSN)

Vol. 79 17 8134-8142

Subject Categories

Theoretical Chemistry

Organic Chemistry



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