One-pot highly stereoselective synthesis of cyano aziridines via the CuCl-catalyzed aminochlorination of α,β-unsaturated nitriles and intramolecular SN2 substitution

Haibo Mei, Lijun Yan, Jianlin Han, Guigen Li, Yi Pan

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Abstract

An efficient one-pot system has been developed for the synthesis of cyano aziridine by using α,β-unsaturated nitriles as the alkene substrates and N,N-dichloro-p-toluenesulfonamide (4-TsNCl2) as the nitrogen source. A good scope of alkene substrates was achieved for this reaction. The one-pot reaction, via aminohalogenation and intramolecular SN2 substitution, was very convenient to carry out at room temperature without the protection of inert gases. Modest to good yields and excellent have been obtained. This method provides an easy route to the cyano aziridine. The structure of the resulting products has been unambiguously confirmed by X-ray structural analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-396
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Biology and Drug Design
Volume76
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Aminohalogenation
  • Aziridination
  • Copper chloride
  • Cyano aziridines
  • α,β-unsaturated nitriles

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