The development of a catalytic synthesis of münchnones: a simple four-component coupling approach to alpha-amino acid derivatives.

A new palladium-catalyzed route to prepare 1,3-oxazolium-5-oxides (i.e., Münchnones) directly from imine, carbon monoxide, and acid chloride building blocks has been developed. This provides a straightforward catalytic synthesis of Münchnones and is amenable to generating a diverse range of products by simple modification of the imine or acid chloride… CONTINUE READING