Syntheses of Seven-Membered Ring Compounds

Maxwell, Catherine (1965) Syntheses of Seven-Membered Ring Compounds. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Part I: Attempts were made to synthesise the unknown heterocyclic compound, benz-l-oxepin. Two separate voutes were investigated one involving the use of homochroman-3-one, the other, the use of the isomeric homochroman-5-one, both of which were reducible-to the known homochroman. Homochroman-3-one was prepared by Dieckmann cyclisation of the dimethyl ester of dihydro-o-coumaroxyacetic acid, followed by hydrolysis and decarboxylation of the resultant B-keto-ester. The ketone was converted into the corresponding alphabeta-unsaturated compound which, on spectral evidence, failed to show any enolisation in basic solution. Homochroman-5-one, obtained by cyclisation of g-phenoxybutyric. acid, was treated in a number of ways in an attempt to insert the required double bonds. Work on the olefin, 2:3-dihydro-benz-1-oxepin failed to give the completely unsaturated system required. Both routes were characterised by the large number of by-products obtained at each stage and by the instability of intermediates and these factors almost certainly contributed to the lack of success.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Organic chemistry
Date of Award: 1965
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1965-77137
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 09:19
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 09:19

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