Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

T. Howard Black


Spiro β,γ-unsaturated δ-lactones and fused β,γ-unsaturated δ-lactones are integral to a large number of naturally occurring compounds exhibiting a diverse range of biological activity. A new synthetic route to β,γ-unsaturated δ-lactones, consisting of a three-step sequence, has been investigated for the synthesis of these kinds of pharmacological intermediates. Ring closure of a β-hydroxy acid by dehydration, providing a 4-vinyl substituted β-lactone, and its ring expansion/rearrangement are the two key steps in this protocol. The results have proved that this new method is efficient and quite expeditious. One spiro and four fused β,γ-unsaturated δ-lactones were synthesized through this protocol albeit in somewhat modest yield for the two-carbon ring expansion.

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