The first catalytic asymmetric 1,4-addition reactions of azlactones with acrylic esters have been developed. A chiral coordinative calcium catalyst was found to be effective for these reactions, and the desired 1,4-adducts were obtained in good yields and enantioselectivities. The product was converted to the corresponding α-alkylated glutamic acid by acid hydrolysis.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry