Catalytic carbonylation of 4-penten-1-ol to ε-caprolactone and oligocaprolactone

Jeffrey K. Funk, David K. Newsham, David N. Goldstein, Shengsheng Liu, Ayusman Sen

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A catalyst consisting of Pd2(dba)3 + 2 XANTPhos (dba = dibenzylideneacetone, XANTPhos = 9,9-dimethyl-4,5-bis(diphenylphosphino) xanthene) in toluene catalyzes the alkoxycarbonylation of 4-penten-1-ol to form the cyclic products ε-caprolactone and 2-methylvalerolactone, as well as oligocaprolactone. The conversion and selectivity observed using this catalyst is higher than that observed with other reported systems with the regioselectivity for terminal carbonylation exceeding 70%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 14 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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