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The Acyl-Claisen Rearrangement: Development of a Novel Metal-Catalyzed Claisen Rearrangen1ent and Enantioselective Variants of the Acyl-Claisen Rearrangement


Yoon, Tehshik Peter (2002) The Acyl-Claisen Rearrangement: Development of a Novel Metal-Catalyzed Claisen Rearrangen1ent and Enantioselective Variants of the Acyl-Claisen Rearrangement. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/JNTK-2387.


The development of a versatile new variant of the Claisen rearrangement is described. In this new Lewis acid-catalyzed process, the condensation of an allylic amine with a ketene (generated in situ from dehydrohaolgenation of an acid chloride) results in formation of a zwitterionic intermediate. Sigmatropic rearrangement via a highly organized cyclic transition state allows stereospecific access to a diverse range of α,β-disubstituted-γ,δ-unsaturated amides in excellent yields and diastereoselectivities for a range of alkyl-, aryl-, and heteroatom-substituted substrates. The ability of this new methodology to generate quaternary carbon stereocenters on both cyclic and acyclic carbon frameworks is demonstrated.

An enantioselective variant of the acyl-Claisen rearrangement employing a chiral magnesium(II)-bis(oxazoline) Lewis acid has been developed. The use of chelating acid chlorides provides excellent organizational control over the transition state, allowing the rearrangement of a range of allyl morpholine substrates to proceed in up to 97% ee. Excellent levels of complementary diastereocontrol can be achieved in a predictable and highly selective manner from the rearrangement of the (E)- and (Z)-isomers of the allyl amine substrates. This reaction is also proficient at accessing quaternary carbon stereocenters.

The scope of the enantioselective acyl-Claisen has been expanded by the use of a new chiral boron Lewis acid. This rearrangement does not require chelating acid chloride substrates for good enantioinduction. Thus, a range of α-alkyl-, α-alkoxy-, α-thio-, and α-halogen-substituted Claisen adducts can be produced in up to 93% ee.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Chemistry
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Awards:The Herbert Newby McCoy Award, 2002
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • MacMillan, David W. C.
Thesis Committee:
  • Dougherty, Dennis A. (chair)
  • Grubbs, Robert H.
  • Stoltz, Brian M.
  • MacMillan, David W. C.
Defense Date:17 May 2002
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:01282010-153053761
Persistent URL:
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ID Code:5542
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:29 Jan 2010 15:50
Last Modified:14 Jan 2022 01:55

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