4-Hydroxy-6-methyl-2-pyrone (triacetic acid lactone) (1) is efficiently alkylated at C-3 with primary and secondary allylic substrates under thermodynamic control by using palladium(0) catalysts. Controlled hydrogenation of the resulting allylated derivatives affords pyrones with saturated chains at C-3. Allylic alkylations occur with retention of configuration at the allylic center, probably through a reversible kinetically favored O-alkylation. © 1988, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.
|Journal||Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 1988|