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Cycloaddition of Alkynyl Ketones with N-Tosylimines Catalyzed by Bu3P and DMAP: Synthesis of Highly Functionalized Pyrrolidines and Azetidines

Ling-Guo Meng, Peijie Cai, Qingxiang Guo and Song Xue*

*Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, Peoples Republic of China, Email:

L.-G. Meng, P. Cai, Q. Guo, S. Xue, J. Org. Chem., 2008, 73, 8491-8496.

DOI: 10.1021/jo801687v


The reaction of alkynyl ketones with N-tosylimines catalyzed by Bu3P at room temperature in toluene gives highly functionalized 3-pyrrolines in very good yields. When DMAP was used in place of Bu3P as catalyst to facilitate the cycloaddition, completely substituted azetidines were produced in moderate yields in CH2Cl2.

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Key Words

3-Pyrrolines, Azetidines, Organocatalysis

ID: J42-Y2008-3210