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Communication | Regular issue | Vol 36, No. 8, 1993, pp.1743-1746
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/COM-93-6414
The First Direct Synthesis of Isoflavans via α-Alkylation of Phenylacetates

Marietjie Versteeg, Barend C. B. Bezuidenhoudt,* and Daneel Ferreira*

*Department of Chemistry, University of Orange Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bleoemfontien, 9300, South Africa


Deprotonation of phenylacetates and quenching of the enolates with benzylic electrophiles, afford 2,3-diarylpropanoates which serve as precursors to isoflavans following consecutive reduction and cyclization steps.