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Paper | Special issue | Vol 93, No. 1, 2016, pp.164-184
Published online, 6th October, 2015
DOI: 10.3987/COM-15-S(T)14
New Gas-Phase Domino Processes Leading to Benzopyranones and Benzofurans

R. Alan Aitken* and Da Chang

*School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY 16 9ST, U.K.


A new domino approach to flavones by gas phase pyrolysis of β,γ-dioxophosphonium ylides containing a 2-methoxyphenyl group is frustrated by unexpected and novel decarbonylation of the intermediate flavon-3-yl radical leading to 2-phenylbenzofuran. Alternative approaches based on dioxolane protection of one carbonyl, or selective elimination in β,β'-dioxo or β-oxo-β'-thioxo ylides were not successful, but pyrolysis of a β-oxo-β'-phenylimino ylide did give the required domino reaction leading to a protected benzopyranone in moderate yield.