Richard P. Hsung

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A highly stereoselective aza-[4 + 2] cycloaddition of chiral cyclic 2-amidodienes with N-sulfonyl aldimines is described. While this Lewis acid promoted heterocycloaddition provides an efficient strategy for constructing optically enriched isoquinuclidines, it is mechanistically intriguing. The cycloaddition favored the endo-II pathway in the absence of a(More)
A strategy for synthesizing highly functionalized cyclohepta[b]indoles through a concise (4 + 3) cycloaddition-cyclization-elimination sequence is described. The cycloaddition features nitrogen-stabilized oxyallyl cations derived from epoxidations of N-aryl-N-sulfonyl-substituted allenamides, while the cyclization and elimination employed an intramolecular(More)
Electrocyclic ring opening of 4,6-fused cyclobutenamides 1 under thermal conditions leads to cis,trans-cyclooctadienones 2-E,E as transient intermediates, en route to 5,5-bicyclic products 3. Theoretical calculations predict that 4,5-fused cyclobutenamides should likewise undergo thermal ring opening, giving cis,trans-cycloheptadienones, but in this case(More)
A successful enone version of an intramolecular aza-[3 + 3] annulation reaction is described here. Use of piperidinium trifluoroacetate salt as the catalyst and toluene as the solvent appears to be critical for a successful annulation. We also demonstrated for the first time that microwave irradiation can accelerate aza-[3 + 3] annulation reactions. An(More)
Preparations of de novo acyclic 2-amido-dienes and 3-amido-trienes through 1,3-hydrogen shifts from allenamides are described. These 1,3-hydrogen shifts could be achieved thermally or they could be promoted by the use of Brønsted acids. Under either condition, these processes are highly regioselective in favour of the α-position, and highly stereoselective(More)
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