Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Dr. C. Wade Downey
In the presence of excess trimethylsilyl trifluoromethanesulfonate (TMSOTf), ketones and esters undergo aldol addition and dehydration to yield chalcones and cinnamates. This one-pot reaction proceeds through in situ enol silane formation, avoiding the need to pre-form and purify the nucleophile in the Mukaiyama aldol reaction. The stoichiometry of the TMSOTf controls whether the reaction proceeds with simple addition or addition-dehydration. When (trimethylsilyl) acetonitrile is stirred with an aldehyde and TMSOTf, nitrile aldol addition is observed.
Bottum, Samuel R., "Aldol Condensations and Nitrile Aldol Reactions Mediated by Trimethylsilyl Trifluoromethanesulfonate" (2020). Honors Theses. 1468.