An expeditious coumarin synthesis via a "Pseudocycloaddition" between salicylaldehydes and ketene

Sosale Chandrasekhar, Honnaiah Vijay Kumar

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A variety of salicylaldehydes effected tandem nucleophilic addition onto ketene, leading to corresponding coumarins in good yields under mild conditions. This "pseudocycloaddition" represents a very mild variant of the historic Perkin synthesis of coumarin (which remains of key interest in both perfumery and several emerging areas).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalSynthetic Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 17 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to University Grants Commission (New Delhi) for generous financial support to H. V. K.

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© 2015 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Coumarin
  • Perkin synthesis
  • quinodimethane


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