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5-7 RING SYSTEMS

Researchers - Andy Leyhane

Our research has centered on the development of new methodologies for the synthesis of bicylco[5.3.0]decanes:  a cyclopropanation-ring expansion strategy of the highly strained cyclobutenes (1) was discovered in our laboratories.  We have reported two separate fragmentation strategies that provide complementary stereochemical outcomes (eq 1 & 2).1  Currently we are showcasing this methodology in the total synthesis of several terpenoid natural products.  We are also investigating new epoxidation-ring expansion (eq 3)2 and aziridination-ring expansion (eq 4) strategies to generate oxepine and azepine 5-7 ring systems.

  1. Thermal: (a) Deak, H. L.; Stokes, S. S.; Snapper, M. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 5152.  Lewis Acid: (b) Deak, H. L.; Williams, M. J.; Snapper, M. L. Org. Lett. 2005, 7, 5785.
  2. Leyhane, A. J.; Snapper, M. L. Org. Lett. 2006, 8, 5183.

 

Andy Leyhane

 

   
 
     
 
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