Aldehydes are converted to the homologous acids by a simple two-step procedure involving initial generation of a vinylic dibromide followed by Pd(diphos)2 catalyzed, poly(ethylene glycol) induced reaction with base. This reaction is useful for aromatic and α,β-unsaturated aldehydes and is also applicable to cyclic as well as alkyl aryl ketones. 1-Bromoalkynes are formed in good yields when the vinylic dibromide reaction is effected in the absence of the palladium (0) catalyst.
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