(E)-Methyl 2,4-Pentadienoate

[1515-75-9]  · C6H8O2  · (E)-Methyl 2,4-Pentadienoate  · (MW 112.14)

(electron-poor diene capable of cycloaddition reactions with activated dienophiles to form carbocyclic1 and heterocyclic2 compounds; metal-promoted [6 + 4] cycloadditions3 and metal-promoted chain extensions4)

Physical Data: bp 55-57 °C/14 mmHg.

Solubility: sol most organic solvents.

Form Supplied in: colorless liquid.

Analysis of Reagent Purity: NMR.

Preparative Methods: Wittig alkenation of Acrolein with (Methoxycarbonylmethylene)triphenylphosphorane;5 reaction of Malonic Acid with acrolein, followed by esterification.6

Purification: distillation.

Handling, Storage, and Precautions: polymerizes easily.

Diels-Alder Reactions.

As an electron-poor diene, the cycloaddition reactions of (E)-methyl 2,4-pentadienoate are optimal when combined with electron-rich dienophiles such as enamines (eq 1).1 When electron-deficient dienophiles such as benzyljuglone,7 or relatively nonpolarized dienophiles are employed (eq 2),8 more forcing conditions are needed.

Heterocycle Synthesis.

Nitroso compounds can react with the dienoate to afford 3,6-dihydro-1,2-oxazines (eq 3).2 The 3,4-double bond can act as a 2p component in reactions with diphenylnitrilimine (eq 4).9

Metal-Promoted Reactions.

The diene is a useful acceptor in the Heck reaction (eq 5).4 It should be noted that the metal acts in a catalytic fashion in this reaction. When other reactants are not included in the reaction mixture, dimerization and further oligomerization is observed.10-12 Other metal-promoted reactions can induce cycloaddition processes. In a noncatalytic process, complexation of thiepin dioxide with chromium tricarbonyl brings about [6 + 4] cycloaddition (eq 6).3


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10. Tenaglia, A.; Brun, P.; Waegell, B. TL 1985, 26, 3571.
11. Buch, H. M.; Schroth, G.; Mynott, R.; Binger, P. JOM 1983, 247, C63.
12. Denis, P.; Croizy, J. F.; Mortreux, A.; Petit, F. J. Mol. Catal. 1991, 68, 159.

Richard T. Taylor

Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA



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