Rearrangements – Favorskii rearrangement

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Favorskii rearrangement of cyclic 2-bromoketones leads to a ring contraction. Enolization occurs on the side of the ketone away from the bromine atom and the enolate cyclizes. The cyclopropanone intermediate is symmetrical so that the product is the same whichever C–C bond breaks after nucleophilic attack by the methoxide ion.

N. H. Werstiuk, Tetrahedron, 1983, 39, 205–268.


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