Pyridine synthesis by [4 + 2] cycloadditions of 1-azadienes: hetero-Diels Alder and transition metal-catalysed approaches†
Cycloaddition reactions are powerful tools in synthetic chemistry. Incorporation of a nitrogen-containing component via cycloaddition represents an attractive strategy for assembling aza-heterocycles. One approach takes advantage of [4 + 2] cycloaddition reactions of 1-azadiene derivatives and 2-carbon π-components to access pyridines, a particularly significant subset of aza-heterocycles. This highlight discusses two distinct modes of reactivity within this class: the thermal pericyclic or hetero-Diels Alder (hDA) reaction and the transition metal-catalysed formal [4 + 2] cycloaddition reaction.
- This article is part of the themed collections: Reviews & Highlights in Organic Chemistry Frontiers for 2014 and In Celebration of Max Malacria’s 65th Birthday