A method for the catalytic, enantioselective, intramolecular 1,2-sulfenoamidation of alkenes is described. Lewis base activation of a suitable sulfur electrophile generates an enantioenriched, thiiranium ion intermediate from a β,γ-unsaturated sulfonyl carboxamide. This intermediate is subsequently intercepted by the sulfonamide nitrogen resulting in cyclization to form γ-lactams. Electron-poor alkenes required the use of a new selenophosphoramidate Lewis base catalyst. Subsequent manipulations of the products harness the latent reactivity of both the amide and thioether functionality.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry