Towards a Better Understanding of the Electrochemical Synthesis of 2,5-dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans: Structure, Mechanism and Influence over Stereochemistry

Shipman, M., Sproules, S. , Wilson, C. and Symes, M. (2019) Towards a Better Understanding of the Electrochemical Synthesis of 2,5-dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans: Structure, Mechanism and Influence over Stereochemistry. [Data Collection]

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2,5-Dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans are key constituents of a number of natural products and have roles as intermediates in the formation of other such compounds of interest. Typically, these species are synthesised using Pb(IV) salts. Electrochemical syntheses of 2,5-diacetoxy-2,5-dihydrofuran that do not require the use of lead have been reported, but hitherto most of these studies have lacked sufficient experimental detail for this procedure to be more widely adopted. Moreover, no electrochemical study has yet reported the ratio of cis and trans isomers produced. Herein, we compare the chemical, lead-based route to 2,5-diacetoxy-2,5-dihydrofuran with a fully-described electrochemical synthesis method. In doing so, we have discovered that the cis and trans isomers of this compound were previously incorrectly assigned in the literature, an error that we correct by obtaining the crystal structure of cis-2,5-diacetoxy-2,5-dihydrofuran. This allows the ratios of the isomers as prepared by the chemical (2:1 cis:trans) and electrochemical (7:5 cis:trans) methods to be obtained. Through experimental and computational insights, we propose a mechanism for the electrochemical synthesis of 2,5-dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans and go some way towards validating this mechanism by synthesising 2,5-dibutoxy-2,5-dihydrofuran electrochemically for the first time. We hope that these findings will provide some greater clarity to the literature surrounding the electrosynthesis and potential applications of 2,5-dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans.

College / School: College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2019 10:54
Enlighten Publications URL: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/188083/
Funder's Name: The Royal Society (ROYSOC)
URI: http://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/745

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Shipman, M., Sproules, S. , Wilson, C. and Symes, M. (2019); Towards a Better Understanding of the Electrochemical Synthesis of 2,5-dicarboxy-2,5-dihydrofurans: Structure, Mechanism and Influence over Stereochemistry

University of Glasgow

DOI: 10.5525/gla.researchdata.745

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