Journal of Chemistry

Journal of Chemistry / 2012 / Article

Open Access

Volume 9 |Article ID 390528 | 6 pages |

Fast, Facile and Convenient Synthesis of α,α-Bis(substituted-arylidene) Cycloalkanones: An improved Protocol

Received01 Apr 2011
Accepted15 Jun 2011


Commercially available potassium hydroxide (KOH), a simple base, was found to be a catalyst for tandem cross-aldol condensation between cyclic ketones and aromatic aldehydes leading to a fast and easy synthesis of α,α-bis (substituted-arylidene) cycloalkanones in the shortest times of all previous methods. The reaction of aryl aldehydes with five and six-membered cyclic ketones afforded excellent yields after few seconds in most cases. The reaction conditions were compatible with various electron withdrawing and electron donating substituents, e.g. Cl, F, NO2, OMe, Me and NMe2.

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