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Communication | Special issue | Vol 54, No. 2, 2001, pp.593-596
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/COM-00-S(I)84
Facile Conversion of Trialkylsilyl Esters to Alkyl Esters Mediated by Tetrabutyl- ammonium Fluoride Trihydrate

Takashi Ooi, Hayato Sugimoto, and Keiji Maruoka*

*Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan


Trialkylsilyl esters can be smoothly converted into the corresponding alkyl esters by treatment with tributylammonium fluoride trihydrate (TBAF•3H2O) and alkyl halides in THF. This direct transformation was found applicable to the formation of lactones through intramolecular alkylations.