Ruthenium(II)-Catalyzed Enantioselective γ-Lactams Formation by Intramolecular C-H Amidation of 1,4,2-Dioxazol-5-ones

Qi Xing, Chun Ming Chan, Yiu Wai Yeung, Wing Yiu Yu

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We report the Ru-catalyzed enantioselective annulation of 1,4,2-dioxazol-5-ones to furnish γ-lactams in up to 97% yield and 98% ee via intramolecular carbonylnitrene C - H insertion. By employing chiral diphenylethylene diamine (dpen) as ligands bearing electron-withdrawing arylsulfonyl substituents, the reactions occur with remarkable chemo- and enantioselectivities; the competing Curtius-type rearrangement was largely suppressed. Enantioselective nitrene insertion to allylic/propargylic C - H bonds was also achieved with remarkable tolerance to the C=C and C=C bonds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3849-3853
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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