An enantioselective synthesis of benzopyrano[3,4-c]pyrrolidine derivatives via organocatalyzed [3 + 2] cycloaddition has been achieved. Cinchona alkaloid-derived organocatalysts as Brønsted bases have been examined for this asymmetric cycloaddition of o-hydroxy aromatic aldimines with 3-substituted coumarins. An unexpected rearrangement of the quaternary acyl moiety in the products resulted in an in situ protection of the o-hydroxy group.
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