An Additive-Free Approach for the Alpha-Allylation of Nitrogen Heterocycles

Marko Kljajic, Rolf Breinbauer

Publikation: KonferenzbeitragPoster


We are currently investigating the effect of ligand properties on the Tsuji-Trost reaction to enable a method for the activation of various heterocycles with high pKas. Several groups have demonstrated the activation of pronucleophiles with pKas higher than 30, but the use of Lewis acids or strong bases as additives remained necessary.[1-6] In our approach we envisioned to enable a base- and additive-free allylic alkylation of such pronucleophiles. Eventually we were able to identify a ligand/precatalyst system which enabled the additive-free allylic alkylation of nitrogen heterocycles under mild conditions using allyl acetate as reagent even under protic conditions. This new methodology may facilitate a late stage modification of pharmaceuticals and base sensitive substrates in comparison to other known methods. Additional mechanistic investigations suggest a formal [3,3] Aza-Claisen rearrangement as one of the key steps towards the desired products.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 30 Juni 2016
VeranstaltungTetrahedron Symposium - Barcelona, Barcelona, Spanien
Dauer: 28 Juni 20161 Juli 2016


KonferenzTetrahedron Symposium


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