Eugenia Marqués-López

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The intramolecular Rauhut-Currier reaction creates a carbon-carbon bond between two tethered Michael acceptors. Previous asymmetric versions have relied on 1,4-additions of chiral nucleophilic catalysts. Herein, we investigate a novel strategy that involves the formation of electron rich dienamines as key intermediates. Our methodology provides an efficient(More)
A large number of interesting organocatalytic enantioselective protocols have been explored and successfully applied in the last decade. Among them, the Henry (nitroaldol) reaction represents a powerful carbon-carbon bond-forming procedure for the preparation of valuable synthetic intermediates, such as enantioenriched nitro alcohols, which can be further(More)
Computational calculations based on experimental results shed light on the mechanistic proposal for a Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction between indole and nitroalkenes, catalysed by a chiral aminoindanol-derived thiourea. In our hypothesis both substrates are simultaneously coordinated to the catalyst in a bifunctional mode. This study elucidates the(More)
We describe the self-assembly properties of chiral N,N'-disubstituted urea-based organocatalyst 1 that leads to the formation of hierarchical supramolecular gels in organic solvents at low concentrations. The major driving forces for the gelation are hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions according to FTIR and (1)H NMR spectroscopy, as well as(More)
Herein, we report our preliminary results concerning the first promising asymmetric synthesis of highly functionalized 2-oxospiro-[indole-3,4'-(1',4'-dihydropyridine)] via the reaction of an enamine with isatylidene malononitrile derivatives in the presence of a chiral base organocatalyst. The moderate, but promising, enantioselectivity observed (30%-58% ee(More)
The enantioselective alkylation of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes with stabilized carbocations as electrophiles via the activation as dienamine intermediates is described. This unique application of dienamine catalysis allows for the first enantioselective γ-alkylation of linear α,β-unsubstituted enals.
Enantiopure N,N-dialkylhydrazones 3 smoothly react with N-benzyloxycarbonyl-N-benzyl glycine as an aminoketene precursor to afford trans-3-amino-4-alkylazetidin-2-ones 4 as single diasteromers. As an exception, hydrazone 3f (R = OBn) affords cis-(3R,4R)-4f under modified conditions. N-N Bond cleavage of cycloadducts 4 afforded free azetidinones 5 in high(More)
A novel study of external Brønsted acid-assisted thiourea catalysts in the asymmetric FriedelCrafts alkylation of indoles with nitroalkenes is reported. The final 3-substituted indoles derivatives are synthesized with better results by cooperative effect between chiral thiourea and a Brønsted acid additive (1a·HA), than those obtained with sole thiourea(More)
Bifunctional thiourea catalyzes the enantioselective Michael addition reaction of diphenyl phosphite to nitroalkenes. This methodology provides a facile access to enantiomerically enriched β-nitrophosphonates, precursors for the preparation of synthetically and biologically useful β-aminophosphonic acids. DFT level of computational calculations invoke the(More)