Synthesis 2018; 50(04): 753-759
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1591745
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Diastereoselective Synthesis and Diversification of Highly Functionalized Cyclopentanones

a   Department of Chemistry, University of Durham, South Road, DH1 3LE, Durham, United Kingdom
b   UCD School of Chemistry, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland   Email:
Ian R. Baxendale
a   Department of Chemistry, University of Durham, South Road, DH1 3LE, Durham, United Kingdom
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We gratefully acknowledge funding by the Royal Society (M.B. and I.R.B.).
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Publication History

Received: 30 October 2017

Accepted after revision: 01 December 2017

Publication Date:
21 December 2017 (online)


An efficient entry into highly substituted cyclopentanones is presented based on functionalizing cyclopentenones by means of an aza-Michael reaction with different aniline nucleophiles. The excellent diastereoselectivity of this process is ascribed to H-bonding between a tertiary alcohol and the incoming nucleophiles. Additionally, the functionalization of the parent cyclopentenones via the Baylis–Hillman reaction is demonstrated. Together, these transformations showcase the elaboration of a simple precursor by installation of versatile functionalities at either the α- or β-position of the embedded enone and thus represent valuable methods for the construction of diversely functionalized cyclopentanones.

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