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Facile Route to 3,5-Disubstituted Morpholines:  Enantioselective Synthesis of O-Protected trans-3,5-Bis(hydroxymethyl)morpholines

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posted on 2004-01-08, 00:00 authored by Rajesh Dave, N. André Sasaki
trans-3,5-Bis(benzyl/tert-butyldiphenylsilyloxymethyl)morpholines, promising candidates for the C2-symmetric class of chiral reagents, were prepared with excellent optical purity. A key step in the synthesis is the coupling of a serinol derivative with 2,3-O-isopropylideneglycerol triflate or its equivalent. This methodology was extended to the synthesis of chiral trans-3-(benzyloxymethyl)-5-(tert-butyldiphenylsilyloxymethyl)morpholine, a potentially useful chiral building block.