Synthesis of noradamantane derivatives by ring-contraction of the adamantane framework†
We describe a triflic acid promoted cascade reaction of adamantane derivatives consisting of a decarboxylation of N-methyl protected cyclic carbamates and a subsequent intramolecular nucleophilic 1,2-alkyl shift to generate ring contracted iminium triflates. This reaction expands the family of similar transformations, such as Wagner–Meerwein-, Demjanov–Tiffeneau-, Meinwald- or (semi-)pinacol-rearrangement. It allows the preparation of noradamantane derivatives in a few steps, starting from simple hydroxy-substituted adamantane precursors.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Synthetic methodology in OBC