Stereoselectivity in Diels-Alder reactions of diene-substituted N-alkoxycarbonyl-1,2-dihydropyridines

Grant R. Krow, Qiuli Huang, Steven W. Szczepanski, Fredrick H. Hausheer, Patrick J. Carroll

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(Chemical Equation Presented) Diene substituent effects on the regiochemical and stereochemical outcomes of uncatalyzed Diels-Alder reactions of N-alkoxycarbonyl-1,2-dihydropyridines with both styrene and methyl vinyl ketone (MVK) were studied. Alkyl substitution on the diene in all cases examined resulted in a kinetic preference for 7-endo isomers (7-phenyl 51-96% exo and 7-acetyl 54-96% exo). For both dienophiles, the highest stereoselectivities (≥89% endo) were observed with 5-methyl or 6-methyl substituents in the dihydropyridine. Theoretical calculations of the energies of gas phase endo and exo transition states at the RHF/ 3-21G(*) predict that total entropy, ΔS,total, considerations favor endo cycloadducts for both dienophiles with DHP, while total energy considerations, ΔE o, favor endo cycloadducts for styrene and exo cycloadducts for MVK. At this level, favored endo-phenyl isomers are correctly predicted for styrene reactions, but the calculation of 7-acetyl exo or endo isomer dominance is diene-substituent-dependent for MVK reactions. The preference for endo addition of MVK to the parent, 5-methyl, and 6-methyl-DHPs was successfully predicted by calculations at the B3LYP/6-31G* theory level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3458-3466
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 27 2007
Externally publishedYes

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  • Organic Chemistry


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