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Org. Synth. 1986, 64, 68
DOI: 10.15227/orgsyn.064.0068
[2-Cyclohexen-1-one, 3-ethoxy-6-methyl-]
Submitted by Andrew S. Kende and Pawel Fludzinski1.
Checked by P. Wovkulich, F. Barcelos, and Gabriel Saucy.
1. Procedure
A dry, 2-L, three-necked, round-bottomed flask is equipped with a magnetic stirrer and two 500-mL pressure-equalizing dropping funnels. One of the dropping funnels is fitted with a rubber septum and the air in the system is replaced with dry nitrogen (Note 1). The flask is charged with 400 mL of anhydrous tetrahydrofuran (Note 2) and 51.6 g (71.5 mL, 0.51 mol) of anhydrous diisopropylamine (Note 3). The flask is cooled to 0°C with an ice bath. A 1.7 M hexane solution of butyllithium (288 mL, 0.49 mol) is added dropwise with stirring over a 30-min period. The resulting lithium diisopropylamide is cooled to −78°C with a dry ice–acetone bath (Note 4). A solution of 53.9 g (0.385 mol) of 3-ethoxy-2-cyclohexen-1-one (Note 5) in 250 mL of anhydrous tetrahydrofuran is added dropwise with stirring at −78°C over a 1-hr period. The solution is stirred at −78°C for 30 min followed by the rapid addition of 114 g (50 mL, 0.80 mol) of methyl iodide (Note 6). After 5 min, the cooling bath is removed and the mixture is allowed to warm to room temperature and is stirred overnight. The reaction is quenched with 300 mL of water and the organic phase is separated. The aqueous phase is extracted four times with 75 mL of diethyl ether. The organic phases are combined and washed twice with 150 mL of water, once with 150 mL of brine, and dried over magnesium sulfate. Solvent removal on a rotary evaporator followed by distillation at reduced pressure affords 54–55 g (91–93%) of 3-ethoxy-6-methyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one as a colorless oil, bp 131–133°C (15 mm) (Note 7) and (Note 8).
2. Notes
1. The procedure described above is accomplished by alternately evacuating and filling the funnel with dry nitrogen two times; an oil bubbler is used to maintain a slight positive pressure throughout the reaction.
2. Tetrahydrofuran is freshly distilled from sodium and benzophenone.
3. Diisopropylamine is distilled from calcium hydride.
4. The flask is cooled with the dry ice–acetone bath for 1 hr before the next addition to ensure complete cooling of the solution.
6. Methyl iodide was obtained from Eastman Organic Chemicals and used directly from a fresh bottle.
7. Spectroscopic data for 3-ethoxy-6-methyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one are as follows: 1H NMR (CDCl3) δ: 1.16 (d, 3 H, J = 7), 1.36 (t, 3 H, J = 6), 1.6–2.6 (m, 5 H), 3.92 (q, 2 H, J = 6), 5.32 (s, 1 H); IR (neat, cm−1): 1670, 1600.
8. In the procedure as originally submitted, the authors used 1 equiv of base and distilled the product through a short-path distillation apparatus with 75–80% yields. The checkers used excess lithium diisopropylamide (suggested by Professor Clayton Heathcock) as specified in this procedure, and distilled the product through a 15-cm Vigreux column to afford 1.7–1.9 g of forerun (97–98.5% pure by GC) and 54.1–55.3 g (91.4–93.4% yield) of main fraction. The short-path distillation is probably quite adequate.
3. Discussion
The Stork-Danheiser2 alkylation of 3-alkoxy-2-cyclohexenones under conditions of kinetic enolate formation at the 6-position has enjoyed extensive application in alicyclic synthesis. Such kinetic enolates have served as nucleophiles for a number of alkylations,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24 aldol condensations,25,26,27 and Michael additions.28,29 Reductive transposition of the resulting products to 4-substituted cyclohexenones has likewise found synthetic application.30,31,32,33
This preparation is referenced from:

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Chemical Abstracts Nomenclature (Collective Index Number);
(Registry Number)


diethyl ether (60-29-7)

nitrogen (7727-37-9)

Benzophenone (119-61-9)

sodium (13966-32-0)

Methyl iodide (74-88-4)

magnesium sulfate (7487-88-9)

butyllithium (109-72-8)

Tetrahydrofuran (109-99-9)

hexane (110-54-3)

calcium hydride (7789-78-8)

3-ethoxy-2-cyclohexen-1-one (5323-87-5)

lithium diisopropylamide (4111-54-0)

diisopropylamine (108-18-9)

2-Cyclohexen-1-one, 3-ethoxy-6-methyl- (62952-33-4)