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2-Trimethylsilylethanesulfonyl (SES) versus Tosyl (Ts) Protecting Group in the Preparation of Nitrogen-Containing Five-Membered Rings. A Novel Route for the Synthesis of Substituted Pyrrolines and Pyrrolidines

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posted on 2007-02-16, 00:00 authored by Valérie Declerck, Hassan Allouchi, Jean Martinez, Frédéric Lamaty
The 2-trimethylsilylethanesulfonyl (or SES) protecting group was compared to the tosyl (Ts) group in the preparation of a nitrogen-containing five-membered ring obtained by the aza-Baylis−Hillman/alkylation/RCM route. While deprotection of Ts-protected pyrrolines gave only pyrroles, deprotection of the same SES-protected compounds gave either pyrroles or free amine pyrrolines depending on the deprotection conditions. The SES-protected pyrrolines were hydrogenated to yield pyrrolidines with an excellent diastereoselectivity. Free amine pyrrolidines were obtained by HF-mediated deprotection of the SES group.

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