Enantioselective Synthesis of Functionalized Polycarbocycles via a Three-Component Organocascade Quadruple Reaction

Yun Pu Chang, Ramani Gurubrahamam, Kwunmin Chen

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An efficient organocascade quadruple reaction was conducted to synthesize a functionalized spiropolycyclic scaffold in high chemical yields (43-80%) and excellent levels of stereoselectivity (up to >19:1 dr and 99% ee). The quadruple reaction proceeded smoothly between 1,3-indanedione and aromatic aldehydes with concomitant desymmetrization of prochiral 4-substituted cyclohexanones through the Knoevenagel/Michael/aldol/aldol reaction sequence catalyzed by a bifunctional thiourea catalyst. Two of the formed products were transformed into spirocyclic epoxides containing four contiguous quaternary centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2908-2911
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 19


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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