Lewis acid catalyst system for Diels–Alder reaction


Ca(OTf)2/Bu4NPF6 catalytic system has been illustrated for the synthesis of Diels–Alder adduct for the first time. This procedure tolerates substrate diversity and delivers high yield. Use of environmentally benign catalyst, high yields and substrate diversity are the highlight of the existing method.

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Ca(OTf)2, along with n-Bu4NPF6 as the co-catalyst, is shown to be an effective Lewis acidic catalyst system for the Diels–Alder reaction. Apart from being sustainable and efficient, this procedure is robust and products are obtained in near-quantitative yields.

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This work is generously supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST- SERB/ ECR/2015/000363) India to SM.

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S.M. and R.K. carried out the synthesis, purification, and characterization of the synthesized molecules. S.M. directed the synthetic work and wrote the paper based upon drafts written by R.K.

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Kalepu, R., Mishra, S. Lewis acid catalyst system for Diels–Alder reaction. J Chem Sci 132, 48 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12039-020-1749-8

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  • Diels–Alder reaction
  • Ca(OTf)2
  • Dienophiles
  • Diene