Owen A . Davis

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The four-membered oxetane ring has been increasingly exploited for its contrasting behaviors: its influence on physicochemical properties as a stable motif in medicinal chemistry and its propensity to undergo ring-opening reactions as a synthetic intermediate. These applications have driven numerous studies into the synthesis of new oxetane derivatives.(More)
Functionalization of C(sp(3))-H bonds at the unactivated 3-position of proline derivatives has been achieved using aryl iodides and palladium catalysis. This directly affords cis-2,3-disubstituted pyrrolidines as single stereoisomers. 3-Arylation occurs in high yield under solvent-free conditions with aminoquinoline and methoxyaminoquinoline directing(More)
Oxetanes offer exciting potential as structural motifs and intermediates in drug discovery and materials science. Here an efficient strategy for the synthesis of oxetane rings incorporating pendant functional groups is described. A wide variety of oxetane 2,2-dicarboxylates were accessed in high yields, including functionalized 3-/4-aryl- and(More)
1,4-Dioxenes present interesting potential as synthetic intermediates and as unusual motifs for incorporation into biologically active compounds. Here, an efficient synthesis of functionalized 1,4-dioxenes is achieved in two steps. Using keto-diazo compounds, a ruthenium catalyzed O-H insertion with β-halohydrins followed by treatment with base results in(More)
Di-, tri- and tetra-substituted oxetane derivatives with combinations of ester, amide, nitrile, aryl, sulfone and phosphonate substituents are prepared as fragments or building blocks for drug discovery. The synthesis of these novel oxetane functional groups, in new chemical space, is achieved via rhodium-catalysed O-H insertion and C-C bond forming(More)
The first copper-catalyzed N-arylation of 2-imidazolines is described. The reaction affords compounds with desirable lead-like characteristics in high yield with practical simplicity under inexpensive, "ligand-free" conditions. The cross coupling was successful with electron-rich and electron-poor aromatic iodides. Substrates bearing halides, esters,(More)
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