α,5-didehydro-3-picoline diradicals from skipped azaenediynes: Computational and trapping studies of an aza-Myers-Saito cyclization

Liping Feng, Dalip Kumar, David M. Birney, Sean M. Kerwin

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Abstract

Equation presented. On the basis of density functional calculations, the isomerization of skipped azaenediynes (C-alkynyl-N-propargylimines) to azaenyne allenes and subsequent rapid aza-Myers-Saito cyclization to α,5-didehydro- 3-picoline were predicted. We prepared the N-propargylimine of 1-phenyl-3-tri(isopropyl)silylprop-2-yn-1-one, which undergoes proto-desilylation and isomerization to an azaenyne allene when treated with tetrabutylammonium fluoride. In the presence of 1,4-cyclohexadiene, this azaenyne allene affords 6-phenyl-3-picoline and other products corresponding to the trapping of an α,5-didehydro-3-picoline diradical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2059-2062
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Volume6
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 10 2004

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