Y.-T. Ke, B. Gall, N. Dewey, B. Rotavera, E. M. Ferreira
Chemistry - A European Journal, Vol. 28
Publication year: 2022

A synthesis of a δ-ketohydroperoxide is described, addressing potential functional group compatibilities in these elusive species relevant to combustion and atmospheric chemistries.  The hydroperoxide is installed via sulfonylhydrazine substitution, which was found to be more effective than displacement of secondary halides.  As part of this protocol, it was observed that 1,2-dimethoxyethane is an advantageous medium for the reaction, avoiding the formation of a tetrahydrofuran hydroperoxide side product.  This discovery facilitated the multigram synthesis (6 steps, 41% yield overall) and discrete characterization of the target δ-ketohydroperoxide.