The Photodecarboxylation of Substituted Naphthylmethyl Arylacetate Esters: Synthesis of Naphthylarylethanes
Hilborn, James W.
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The synthesis of naphthylarylethanes via the photodecarboxylation of naphthylmethyl arylacetate esters is reported where the aryl group is able to stabilize a charge transfer reaction. The reaction proceeds via intramolecular charge transfer from the donor to acceptor thereby enhancing a pathway to produce, within the solvent cage, the desired diarylethane products. These in-cage naphthylarylethanes are produced in good yields, in a single photochemical step, with the use of cyclohexane as solvent providing optimal yields.
Hilborn, James W., Moya-Barrios, Reinaldo, Thompson, Alison. (2019). The Photodecarboxylation of Substituted Naphthylmethyl Arylacetate Esters: Synthesis of Naphthylarylethanes. ACS Publication (pre-publication).