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Saturated oxygen and nitrogen heterocycles via oxidative coupling of alkyltrifluoroborates with alkenols, alkenoic acids and protected alkenylamines

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Abstract

Saturated heterocycles are important components of many bioactive compounds. The method disclosed herein enables a general route to a range of 5-, 6- and 7-membered oxygen and nitrogen heterocycles by coupling potassium alkyltrifluoroborates with heteroatom-tethered alkenes, predominantly styrenes, under copper-catalyzed conditions, in the presence of MnO2. The method was applied to the synthesis of the core of the anti-depressant drug citalopram. The reaction scope and observed reactivity is consistent with a polar/radical mechanism involving intermolecular addition of the alkyl radical to the alkene followed by [Cu(III)]-facilitated C–O (or C–N) bond forming reductive elimination.

Graphical abstract: Saturated oxygen and nitrogen heterocycles via oxidative coupling of alkyltrifluoroborates with alkenols, alkenoic acids and protected alkenylamines

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The article was received on 11 Jun 2019, accepted on 17 Aug 2019 and first published on 19 Aug 2019


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C9SC02835H
Chem. Sci., 2019,10, 9265-9269
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    Saturated oxygen and nitrogen heterocycles via oxidative coupling of alkyltrifluoroborates with alkenols, alkenoic acids and protected alkenylamines

    J. M. Shikora, C. Um, Z. M. Khoder and S. R. Chemler, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 9265
    DOI: 10.1039/C9SC02835H

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