Takumi Azuma

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The mechanism of the enantioselective Mannich reaction catalyzed by a hydrogen-bond (HB)-donor bifunctional organocatalyst has been fully investigated using experimental evidence and computational analysis. Several binary complexes have been designed as models of a catalyst and a nucleophile, where the urea moieties were linked to a 1,3-dicarbonyl compound(More)
We describe here a Tf₂NH-catalyzed formal (3+3) cycloaddition of silyl enol ethers with acrylates as a new domino reaction. In the domino sequence, the catalyst activates Michael addition, deprotonation of the resulting silyloxonium cation and intramolecular Claisen condensation. It was found that reaction modes significantly depend on the reaction(More)
The first intermolecular asymmetric Michael addition of nitrogen-nucleophiles to α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acids was achieved through a new type of arylboronic acid equipped with chiral aminothiourea. The use of BnONH2 as a nucleophile gives a range of enantioenriched β-(benzyloxy)amino acid derivatives in good yields and with high enantioselectivity (up(More)
A catalytic domino reaction producing substituted 2-alkylidenecyclohexanone from 3-oxymethyl-2-siloxy-1,3-butadienes, which can be prepared from Baylis-Hillman adducts, and α,β-unsaturated ketones is described. The process involves two mechanistically distinct reactions, (4+2) cycloaddition and elimination. Both of these reactions are catalyzed by Tf(2)NH.
The synthesis and properties of multifunctional thioureas bearing a variety of functional groups at a position remote from the thiourea moiety are described. A 1,5-disubstituted triazole tether connected with a thiourea and another functional group was synthesized via ruthenium catalyzed Huisgen cycloaddition. We demonstrate the utility of the synthetic(More)
A bifunctional aminoboronic acid has been used to facilitate for the first time the intramolecular aza- and oxa-Michael reactions of α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acids. The combination of an arylboronic acid with a chiral aminothiourea allowed for these reactions to proceed successfully in an enantioselective manner to afford the desired heterocycles in high(More)
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