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Organocatalytic Diastereoselective Multicomponent Domino Knoevenagel/Diels-Alder Reaction: Synthesis of Densely Functionalized Spiro[5.5]undecane

[ Vol. 12 , Issue. 1 ]


Pan Liu, Duoyuan Chen, Shouyue Zhang, Rui Zhou, Wen Ren, Liang Ouyang and Gu He   Pages 88 - 94 ( 7 )


The domino Knoevenagel/Diels-Alder condensation is a highly efficient strategy for the preparation of heterocyclic compounds. In order to study this reaction with an imine catalyst, a three-component reaction involving aromatic aldehydes, benzylideneacetone and meldrum acid catalyzed by a series of new organocyclic amino acid catalysts was developed. This simple experiment and environmentally friendly method is beneficial for us to get numerous pharmacological multi substituted spiro[5,5]undecane-1,5,9-triones in moderate to good yields (up to 81%) with excellent diastereolectivities (>99:1 dr). Moreover, we expanded the reaction substrates, such as barbituric acid, and the catalytic activity was compared with L-proline that is one of the most commonly secondary amine organocatalysts.


Domino reaction, Knoevenagel/Diels-Alder reaction, organocatalyst.


State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, Collaborative Innovation Center for Biotherapy, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610041, P.R. China.

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