The organocatalytic one-pot oxidative cleavage of terminal 1,2-diols to one-carbon-unit-shorter carboxylic acids is described. The combination of 1-Me-AZADO (cat.), NaOCl (cat.), and NaClO2 caused smooth one-pot oxidative cleavage under mild conditions. A broad range of substrates including carbohydrates and N-protected amino diols were converted without epimerization. Terminal triols and tetraols respectively underwent cleavage of their C-2 and C-3 moieties to afford their corresponding two- and three-carbon-unit-shorter carboxylic acids.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry