The cross metathesis reactivities of alpha-methylene-gamma-butyrolactone and an alpha-methylene-delta-lactone have been investigated. alpha-Methylene-gamma-butyrolactone undergoes rapid and efficient olefin isomerization in the presence of second-generation metathesis catalysts. However, cross metathesis can be achieved with the additive 2,6-dichlorobenzoquinone. In contrast, the alpha-methylene-delta-lactone neither isomerizes nor couples under similar conditions.
Cross metathesis of alpha-methylene lactones II
gamma- and delta-lactones