Silyl enol ether

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The general structure of a silyl enol ether

Silyl enol ethers in organic chemistry are a class of organic compounds that share a common functional group composed of an enolate bonded through its oxygen end to an organosilicon group. They are important intermediates in organic synthesis.[1][2]


Trimethylsilyl enol ethers can be prepared from ketones in presence of a strong base and trimethylsilyl chloride or a weak base and trimethylsilyl triflate. [3] Alternatively, enolate salts react with silyl electrophiles.

A rather exotic way to generate silyl enol ethers is via the Brook rearrangement of appropriate substrates.[4]


C-C Bond formation[edit]

Silyl enol ethers react as nucleophiles in many reactions resulting in alkylation, e.g. Mukaiyama aldol addition and Michael reactions.

Reactions of silylenol ethers.

Halogenation and oxidations[edit]

Halogenation of silyl enol ethers gives haloketones.[5]

Acyloins form upon organic oxidation with an electrophilic source of oxygen such as an oxaziridine or mCPBA.[6]

In the Saegusa–Ito oxidation, certain silyl enol ethers are oxidized to enones with palladium(II) acetate.

Saegusa oxidation

Ring contraction[edit]

Cyclic silyl enol ethers undergo regiocontrolled one-carbon ring contractions.[7][8] These reactions employ electron-deficient sulfonyl azides, which undergo chemoselective, uncatalyzed [3+2] cycloaddition to the silyl enol ether, followed by loss of dinitrogen, and alkyl migration to give ring-contracted products in good yield. These reactions may be directed by substrate stereochemistry, giving rise to stereoselective ring-contracted product formation.

Ketene silyl acetals[edit]

Ketene silyl acetals are related compounds formally derived from ketenes and acetals with general structure R-C=C(OSiR3)(OR').


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