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Paper | Special issue | Vol 62, No. 1, 2004, pp.325-332
Published online, 16th September, 2003
DOI: 10.3987/COM-03-S(P)11
Oxidative Addition of Chloro- and Dichloroacetic Acid to Alkenes to Give α-Chloro- and α,α-Dichlorobutyrolactones with Manganese(III) Acetate

Barry B. Snider* and Qinglin Che

*Department of Chemistry, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02454-9110, U.S.A.


Oxidative addition of chloroacetic acid and dichloroacetic acid to alkenes with Mn(OAc)3 to give α-chloro- and α,α-dichlorobutyrolactones proceeds in moderate to good yield in MeCN containing one equivalent of the sodium salt of the carboxylic acid.