Sarah E. Wengryniuk

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A mild method for the regioselective C2-bromination of fused azine N-oxides is presented, employing tosic anhydride as the activator and tetra-n-butylammonium bromide as the nucleophilic bromide source. The C2-brominated compounds are produced in moderate to excellent yields and with excellent regioselectivity in most cases. The potential extension of this(More)
The first general method for the asymmetric α,α-bisalkylation of ketones having both α- and α'-protons is described. Both excellent regio- and stereoselectivity result. The transformation is enabled by complex-induced syn-deprotonation (CIS-D), which completely reverses the inherent preference of lithium diisopropylamide (LDA) to remove the less sterically(More)
Density functional theory calculations and experiment reveal the origin of stereoselectivity in the deprotonation-alkylation of chiral N-amino cyclic carbamate (ACC) hydrazones. When the ACC is a rigid, camphor-derived carbamate, the two conformations of the azaenolate intermediate differ in energy due to conformational effects within the oxazolidinone ring(More)
The structurally intriguing terpenes pallambins C and D have been assembled in only 11 steps from a cheap commodity chemical: furfuryl alcohol. This synthesis, which features a redox-economic approach free of protecting-group manipulations, assembles all four-ring systems via a sequential cyclization strategy. Of these four-ring constructing operations, two(More)
Over the last 20 years, high valent metal complexes have evolved from mere curiosities to being at the forefront of modern catalytic method development. This approach has enabled transformations complimentary to those possible via traditional manifolds, most prominently carbon-heteroatom bond formation. Key to the advancement of this chemistry has been the(More)
A facile method for the synthesis of challenging medium-sized cyclic ethers has been developed via a novel oxidative rearrangement of benzylic tertiary alcohols. The reaction provides access to cyclic acetals with diverse substitution at both C2 and the aromatic ring. The unique reactivity is enabled by poly(cationic) hypervalent iodine reagents and(More)
The first asymmetric total synthesis of the marine natural product apratoxin D, a highly potent inhibitor of H-460 human lung cancer cell growth (IC(50) value of 2.6 nM), is described. Asymmetric N-amino cyclic carbamate (ACC) α,α-bisalkylation was utilized to establish the isolated C-37 methyl group with excellent selectivity. Other key asymmetric(More)
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