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Review | Special issue | Vol 99, No. 2, 2019, pp.742-765
Published online, 18th January, 2019
DOI: 10.3987/REV-18-SR(F)5
Xanthates and Vinyl Esters, a Remarkably Powerful Alliance

Béatrice Quiclet-Sire and Samir Z. Zard*

*Department of Chemistry, Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS UMR 7652, 91128 Palaiseau, France


The present brief overview highlights and discusses the synthetic potential of the degenerative radical addition of xanthates to vinyl esters. The process results in the formation of masked aldehydes bearing numerous functionalities. It allows expedient and convergent syntheses of various structures, including cyclic and open-chain enones, trifluoromethyl enones, dienes, pyrroles, dithietanones, thiophenes, hydroxytetralones, naphthalenes and naphthols.