“On water” catalytic enantioselective sulfenylation of deconjugated butyrolactams†
The first catalytic enantioselective α-sulfenylation of deconjugated butyrolactams has been developed using dimeric cinchona alkaloids as catalysts in a water-enriched reaction medium. Highly substituted and densely functionalized γ-lactams, bearing a quaternary stereogenic center, are produced with up to 99.5 : 0.5 er. The applicability of the same catalyst system for the enantioselective α-selenylation and formal vinylogous γ-hydroxylation of deconjugated butyrolactam has also been described.
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