The RuO4-catalyzed ketohydroxylation, Part II: A regio-, chemo- and stereoselectivity study

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  • Bernd Plietker - , TU Dortmund University (Author)


The direct RuO4-catalyzed ketohydroxylation of olefins is a new and convenient method for the preparation of a wide range of symmetrical and unsymmetrical α-hydroxy ketones. Since reactions in which two different functional groups are introduced in one step always involve regio-, chemo- and stereoselectivity issues, this paper gives a full account of investigations of various selectivity aspects in the ketohydroxylation. Stereoselectivity issues were examined in the final part of the present report. The Kishi rules, known from OsO4-catalyzed dihydroxylations, are found to be valid for the RuO4-catalyzed ketohydroxylation and lead to moderate to good diastereomeric ratios in the oxidation of olefins possessing an allylic center of chirality. Furthermore, competition experiments between different substituted olefins led to a reactivity profile applicable to the prediction of which is the most reactive of different C=C double bonds present in a molecule.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1919-1929
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean journal of organic chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Acyloin, Hydroxy ketone, Oxidation, Oxone®, Ruthenium