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Cyclopropenimine-Catalyzed Enantioselective Mannich Reactions of tert-Butyl Glycinates with N-Boc-Imines

Jeffrey S. Bandar and Tristan H. Lambert*

*Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027, United States, Email:

J. S. Bandar, T. H. Lambert, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 11799-11802.

DOI: 10.1021/ja407277a


A chiral cyclopropenimine catalyzes Mannich reactions between glycine imines and N-Boc-aldimines with high levels of enantio- and diastereocontrol. The reactivity of this catalyst is substantially greater than that of a widely used thiourea cinchona alkaloid-derived catalyst. Various aryl and aliphatic N-Boc-aldimines are effective substrates for this transformation.

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Proposed catalytic cycle

Key Words

Mannich Reaction, Organocatalysis, O'Donnell Amino Acid Synthesis

ID: J48-Y2013