The reaction of 5,5-dimethylcyclohexane-1,3-dione with an acyclic nitrone in DMF or acetone affords a 1:1
mixture of dimer 2,2´-(arylmethylene)-bis(3-hydroxy-5,5-dimethylcyclohex-2-enone) and tetramer 2,2',2'',2'''-(1,2-
diarylethane-1,1,2,2-tetrayl)tetrakis(3-hydroxy-5,5-dimethyl-cyclohex-2-enone). This unprecedented type of metal-free
homocoupling of two molecules of the dimer to furnish the tetramer is believed to proceed via an oxidation/reduction
process involving N-methylhydroxylamine.
Keywords: Acyclic nitrones, C-C bond formation, 5, 5-dimethylcyclohexane-1, 3-dione, N-methylhydroxylamine, oxidative
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