A simple and mild process was developed for the highly stereoselective synthesis of halogenated bicyclic [4.3.0] and [3.3.0] γ-lactams, possessing four stereocenters, from easily available cyclic 2-enynamides. The reaction required only an inexpensive iron(II) halide under dry air and was tolerant of aryl, heteroaryl, and alkyl groups at the alkyne terminus.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry