Enantioselective synthesis of (R)- and (S)-2-alkyl-1,4-butanediols via enantiomerically pure 3-alkyl-5-(menthyloxy)butyrolactones

Namkyu Lee, Young Woo Kim, Kieyoung Chang, Key H. Kim, Sang Sup Jew, Dae Kee Kim

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A general and practical synthesis of optically pure (R)- and (S)-2-ethyl, 2-propyl and 2-isopropyl-1,4-butanediols, 9a-c, has been accomplished from optically pure 5-(menthyloxy)butenolides in five steps in good yields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2429-2432
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1 Apr 1996


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