Organocatalytic Activation of the Leaving Group in the Intramolecular Asymmetric SN2′ Reaction

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Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Volume 54, Issue 28, pages 8263–8266, 2015.

Yusuke Kuroda,Dr. Shingo Harada,Akinori Oonishi,Dr. Yousuke Yamaoka,Prof. Dr. Ken-ichi Yamada,Prof. Dr. Kiyosei Takasu

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan)


A Brønsted-acid-catalyzed intramolecular enantioselective SN2′ reaction was developed utilizing trichloroacetimidate  as a leaving group. The findings indicated that dual activation of the substrates is operative. This metal-free  allylic alkylation allows highly enantioselective access to 2-vinylpyrrolidines bearing various substituents.

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