Cobalt-Catalyzed Cyclization of Unsaturated N-Acyl Sulfonamides: a Diverted Mukaiyama Hydration Reaction

JACS Au. 2022 May 6;2(5):1071-1077. doi: 10.1021/jacsau.2c00186. eCollection 2022 May 23.


The cycloisomerization of β-, γ-, and δ-unsaturated N-acyl sulfonamides to N-sulfonyl lactams and imidates is reported. This transformation is effected in the presence of a CoIII(salen) catalyst using t-BuOOH or air as the oxidant. The method shows good functional group tolerance (alkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, ether, N-Boc) and furnishes an underexplored class of cyclic building blocks. The strong solvent dependence of the transformation is investigated, and the synthetic versatility of the N-sulfonyl imidate product class is highlighted.

PMID:35647594 | PMC:PMC9131372 | DOI:10.1021/jacsau.2c00186


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