A multicomponent reaction between sulfonyl-protected imines, magnesium iodide, and acetylenic esters or ketones is described. The resulting β-iodo aza Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts were obtained in good yields and excellent Z/E stereoselectivities. The reaction showed good tolerance for sulfonyl protecting groups, as well as for acetylenic ketones and esters. This work presents the first synthetic approach to β-iodo aza Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts.
- Magnesium iodide
- Morita-Baylis-Hillman adducts
- Multicomponent reactions