Catalytic, oxidant-free, direct olefination of alcohols using Wittig reagents

Chem Commun (Camb). 2015 May 28;51(43):9002-5. doi: 10.1039/c5cc02902c.


Reported here is the catalytic, acceptorless coupling of alcohols with in situ generated, non-stabilized phosphonium ylides to form olefins as major products. The reaction uses low catalyst loadings and does not require added oxidants. Hydrogenation of the product is minimized and the reaction leads to Z (aliphatic) or E (benzylic) stereospecificity.