Matthew J Vanden Eynden

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Calcium bis-1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropoxide is shown to be an effective catalyst for Pictet-Spengler reactions of 3-hydroxyphenethylamine and 3-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenethylamine with various aldehydes and ketones. Previous Lewis acid catalyzed Pictet-Spengler reactions of unactivated ketones typically require two separate reactions (imine formation,(More)
Pictet-Spengler reactions of m-tyramine and aldehydes produced tetrahydroisoquinolines in the presence of a catalytic amount of Ca[OCH(CF3)2]2. This reaction occurs with a variety of aryl, heteroaryl, and alkyl aldehydes, producing tetrahydroisoquinolines in high yield and with high regioselectivity. This calcium-promoted Pictet-Spengler reaction provides a(More)
The allylic oxidation of cis-vinylsilanes is reported. The reaction requires a low catalyst loading of Pd(OAc)(2) without the need for an external ligand. Interestingly, trans-vinylsilanes are unreactive, whereas allylic oxidations of cis-vinylsilanes proceed in good yields giving a single diastereo- and regioisomer of the branched allylic acetate(More)
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