Chris H. Senanayake

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A one-pot process has been developed for the synthesis of 8-arylquinolines via Pd-catalyzed borylation of quinoline-8-yl halides and subsequent Suzuki-Miyaura coupling with aryl halides using n-BuPAd(2) as ligand. Yields of up to 98% were obtained.
S-Alkyl, S-aryl, and S-vinyl thiosulfate sodium salts (Bunte salts) react with Grignard reagents to give sulfides in good yields. The S-alkyl Bunte salts are prepared from odorless sodium thiosulfate by an SN2 reaction with alkyl halides. A Cu-catalyzed coupling of sodium thiosulfate with aryl and vinyl halides was developed to access S-aryl and S-vinyl(More)
[reaction: see text] Diisobutylaluminum hydride (DIBAL-H) and triisobutylaluminum have been found to be outstanding reductants for secondary phosphine oxides (SPOs). All classes of SPOs can be readily reduced, including diaryl, arylalkyl, and dialkyl members. Many SPOs can now be reduced at cryogenic temperatures, and conditions for preservation of(More)
Racemic beta(2) agonists, composed of equal amounts of (R)- and (S)-isomers, can display anomalous actions that compromise their effectiveness as asthma therapies. Loss of efficacy during regular use is characteristic of isoprenaline, albuterol and terbutaline and has in part been attributed to the biological effects of the (S)-isomer. This hypothesis was(More)
Enantiomeric separation of two aromatic alpha-substituted alanine esters was achieved on two commercially available polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases (CSPs): amylose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) (ADMPC) and cellulose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) (CDMPC). The interactions between enantiomeric analytes and the CSPs were investigated(More)
A novel two-step synthesis of substituted 2-formylpyrroles is described. Aldol adducts of ketones and 4-formyloxazole undergo a dehydration/oxazole hydrolysis/cyclization cascade on sequential treatment with MsCl/Et3N and aqueous NaOH to yield 5-substituted and 4,5-disubstituted 2-formylpyrroles. The methodology was extended to an N-benzyl thiazolium salt.
The regioselective N-alkylation of 1,2,3-triazoles 1-6 was studied. Good to excellent N-2 selectivity and high chemical yields for N-2-substituted 4,5-dibromotriazoles 7 were obtained with 4,5-dibromo- and 4-bromo-5-trimethylsilyl-1,2,3-triazoles. These building blocks can be readily converted to 2-mono-, 2,4-di-, and 2,4,5-polysubstituted triazoles 10-15,(More)
[reaction: see text] A general process for the efficient synthesis of sulfinyl transfer agents has been developed using cinchona alkaloids quinine and quinidine as chiral auxiliaries. The importance of these new and unique sulfinyl transfer agents is exemplified by the expedient synthesis of several sulfoxides in excellent enantiopurities and high yields.
[reaction: see text]. A novel N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) catalyzed trifluoromethylation reaction of carbonyl compounds was discovered. Both enolizable and nonenolizable aldehydes and alpha-keto esters undergo facile trifluoromethylation with TMSCF3 at room temperature in the presence of only 0.5-1 mol % of the commercially available NHC (1), providing(More)
A series of novel P-chiral monophosphorus ligands exhibit efficiency in asymmetric Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reactions, enabling the construction of an array of chiral biaryl products in high yields and excellent enantioselectivities (up to 96% ee) under mild conditions. The carbonyl-benzooxazolidinone moiety in these chiral biaryl products allows facile(More)