Miguel Peña-López

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The synthesis of unsymmetrical 2,5-disubstituted thiophenes by selective and sequential palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions of indium organometallics with 2,5-dibromothiophene is reported. Following an iterative coupling sequence, α-oligothiophenes were synthesized in good yields and with high atom economy.
Dual role for catalysts: Novel routes for the generation of asymmetric stereocenters using photoredox catalysis were recently developed. Different chiral catalytic systems allowed new CC bonds to form in good yields and enantioselectivities using a mild methodology in which light is used as the energy source.
4,6-Disubstituted-2-(4-morpholinyl)pyrimidines, an important class of bioactive compounds, have been synthesized from 4,6-dichloro-2-(4-morpholinyl)pyrimidine by selective and sequential palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions using triorganoindium reagents. This methodology, being efficient and versatile, allowed the synthesis of a variety of(More)
A versatile enantioselective total synthesis of barrenazines A and B has been accomplished from 1,4-butanediol. The key steps of the synthesis are a sequential allylboration/ring-closing metathesis for the construction of the tetrahydropyridine ring and the preparation of a functionalized 4-azidopiperidin-5-one through a stereoselective epoxidation and(More)
Using a simple and accessible Teflon AF-2400 based tube-in-tube reactor, a series of pyrroles were synthesised in flow using the Paal-Knorr reaction of 1,4-diketones with gaseous ammonia. An inline flow titration technique allowed measurement of the ammonia concentration and its relationship to residence time and temperature.
A general study of the iron-catalyzed reaction of urea with nucleophiles is here presented. The carbamoylation of alcohols allows for the synthesis of N-unsubstituted (primary) carbamates, including present drugs (Felbamate and Meprobamate), without the necessity to apply phosgene and related derivatives. Using amines as nucleophiles gave rise to the(More)
A novel catalytic hydrogen-autotransfer protocol for the atom-efficient α-alkylation of ketones with readily available alcohols is presented. The use of manganese complexes bearing non-innocent PNP pincer ligands enabled the functionalization of a broad range of valuable ketones, including 2-oxindole, estrone 3-methyl ether, and testosterone. Mechanistic(More)
Fumaquinone, a novel prenylated naphthoquinone antibiotic, was synthetized from ethyl acetoacetate in three steps (58% overall yield). The key step of the synthesis is the construction of the naphthoquinone skeleton by a regioselective Diels-Alder reaction between a 2-alkyl 1,3-bis(trimethylsilyloxy)-1,3-diene derivative and a bromoquinone. This short and(More)
Aryl and alkenylgold(I) phosphanes react regioselectively with allylic electrophiles such as cinnamyl and geranyl halides (bromide, chloride and acetates) under palladium catalysis in THF at 80 °C to afford the α-substitution product with moderate to high yields. When the reaction is performed with a chiral enantiopure secondary acetate, the α-substituted(More)
A novel strategy for the synthesis of oxazolidin-2-ones from vicinal diols and urea is described. In this heterocycle synthesis, two different C-O and C-N bonds are sequentially formed in a domino process consisting of nucleophilic substitution and alcohol amination. The use of readily available starting materials and the good atom economy render this(More)