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Claisen rearrangement

The Claisen rearrangement is a powerful carbon-carbon bond-forming chemical reaction discovered by Rainer Ludwig Claisen. The heating of an allyl vinyl ether will initiate a [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement to give a γ,δ-unsaturated carbonyl.

Discovered in 1912, the Claisen rearrangement is the first recorded example of a [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement.[1][2][3]

Many reviews have been written.[4][5][6][7]



The Claisen rearrangement (and its variants) are exothermic (about 84 kJ/mol), concerted pericyclic reactions which according to the Woodward-Hoffmann rules show a suprafacial reaction pathway.

There are substantial solvent effects in the Claisen reactions. More polar solvents tend to accelerate the reaction to a greater extent. Hydrogen-bonding solvents gave the highest rate constants. For example, ethanol/water solvent mixtures give rate constants 10-fold higher than sulfolane.[1][2]

Trivalent organoaluminium reagents, such as trimethylaluminium, have been shown to accelerate this reaction.[8][9]


Aromatic Claisen rearrangement

The aromatic variation of the Claisen rearrangement is the [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement of an allyl phenyl ether to an intermediate which quickly tautomerizes to an ortho-substituted phenol.

Bellus-Claisen rearrangement

The Bellus-Claisen rearrangement is the reaction of allylic ethers, amines, and thioethers with ketenes to give γ,δ-unsaturated esters, amides, and thioesters.[10][11][12]

Eschenmoser-Claisen rearrangement

The Eschenmoser-Claisen rearrangement proceeds from an allylic alcohol to a γ,δ-unsaturated amide, and was developed by Albert Eschenmoser in 1964.[13][14]

Ireland-Claisen rearrangement

The Ireland-Claisen rearrangement is the reaction of an allylic acetate with strong base (such as Lithium diisopropylamide) to give a γ,δ-unsaturated carboxylic acid.[15][16][17]

Johnson-Claisen rearrangement

The Johnson-Claisen rearrangement is the reaction of an allylic alcohol with trimethyl orthoacetate to give a γ,δ-unsaturated ester.[18]



An iminium can serve as one of the pi-bonded moieties in the rearrangement.[19]

Chromium Oxidation

Chromium can oxidize allylic alcohols to alpha-beta unsaturated ketones on the opposite side of the unsaturated bond from the alcohol. This is via a concerted hetero-claisen reaction, although there are mechanistic differences since the chromium atom has access to d- shell orbitals which allow the reaction under a less constrained set of geometries.[20][21]

Chen-Mapp Reaction

The Chen-Mapp reaction also known as the [3,3]-Phosphorimidate Rearrangement or Staudinger-Claisen Reaction installs a phosphite in the place of an alcohol and takes advantage of the Staudinger Ligation to convert this to an imine. The subsequent claisen is driven by the fact that a P=O double bond is more energetically favorable than a P=N double bond.[22]

Overman rearrangement

Main article: Overman rearrangement

The Overman rearrangement (named after Larry Overman) is a Claisen rearrangement of allylic trichloroacetimidates to allylic trichloroacetamides.[23][24][25][26]

Zwitterionic Claisen rearrangement

Unlike typical Claisen rearrangements which require heating, zwitterionic Claisen rearrangements take place at or below room temperature. The acyl ammonium ions are highly selective for Z-enolates under mild conditions.[27][28]

Claisen rearrangement in nature

The enzyme Chorismate mutase (EC catalyzes the Claisen rearrangement of chorismate ion to prephenate ion, a key intermediate in the shikimic acid pathway (the biosynthetic pathway towards the synthesis of phenylalanine and tyrosine).[29]


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See also

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