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alpha-Acyloxynitroso dienophiles in [4+2] hetero Diels-Alder cycloadditions: mechanistic insights

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>17/04/2010
Issue number16
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)2969-2980
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


alpha-Acyloxynitroso derivatives are a class of heterodienophiles leading to valuable 3,6-dihydro-1,2-oxazines or the corresponding aminoalcohols in good yields. The discovery that a beta-oxygenated moiety led to a domino [4+2] cycloaddition/sigma(N-O) bond cleavage in the presence of a catalytic amount of Lewis acid was investigated in detail, through kinetic profiling of the reaction both in the absence and presence of a promoter. These studies showed that the role of the Lewis acid was to accelerate the sigma(N-O) bond cleavage thereby promoting a highly reproducible sequence. In addition, our preliminary results on an asymmetric version of this domino sequence are reported. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.