The reactivity of derivatives of 2,6-dibenzylidenecyclohexanone was investigated in water at 220-250 degrees C under microwave conditions, without added catalyst. Retro-Claisen-Schmidt processes predominated. Hydrolytic attack at the benzylic position afforded a 2-benzylidenecyclohexanone derivative and liberated an aryl aldehyde. Dienones substituted with electron-withdrawing or -donating groups on the aryl rings were more susceptible to hydrolysis than was the parent 2,6-dibenzylidenecyclohexanone.
|Pages (from-to)||883 - 886|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
Bi, X-J., Higham, L. T., Scott, J., & Strauss, C. (2006). Reactions of 2,6-dibenzylidenecyclohexanone and its derivatives in high-temperature water. Australian Journal of Chemistry, 59(12), 883 - 886.