Treatment of a vinyl chloride with commercially available aqueous sodium hypochlorite solution in a 2:5 mixture of acetic acid/acetone at 0 °C for about 1 h cleanly leads to the corresponding α-chloroketone. Similarly, if a vinyl bromide is exposed to sodium hypobromite (freshly prepared from bromine and sodium hydroxide) at 0 °C in 2:5 acetic acid/acetone as solvent, an α-bromoketone is produced. This methodology has been applied to a number of vinyl chlorides and vinyl bromides, and the transformations generally proceed in high yields. The mild reaction conditions are compatible with a variety of functional groups including amides, esters, and imines.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry