Synthesis 2012(6): 903-908  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1289702
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Exploiting the Addition of Trimethyl(trifluoromethyl)silane to Functionalized N-Benzylimines for the Preparation of Two Novel x-Trifluoromethyl x-Amino Acids

Anton N. Tkachenkoa,b, Dmytro S. Radchenkoa,b, Pavel K. Mykhailiuk*a,b, Oleg V. Shishkinc,d, Andrei A. Tolmacheva,b, Igor V. Komarova,b
a Enamine Ltd., Vul. Oleksandra Matrosova 23, 01103 Kyiv, Ukraine
b Department of Chemistry, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Vul. Volodymyrska 64, 01033 Kyiv, Ukraine
c SSI, Institute for Single Crystals, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 60 Lenina Ave., 61001 Kharkiv, Ukraine
d Department of Inorganic Chemistry V. N., Karazin Kharkiv National University, Vul. Svobody 4, 61022 Kharkiv, Ukraine
e-Mail: Pavel.Mykhailiuk@gmail.com;
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Publication History

Received 30 November 2011
Publication Date:
13 February 2012 (eFirst)

Abstract

Straightforward gram-scale syntheses of a novel γ-tri­fluoromethyl γ-amino acid and a novel ε-trifluoromethyl-ε-amino acid are described. The key step in both syntheses is an acid-catalyzed nucleophilic trifluoromethylation of a cyclic N-benzylimine possessing an ester group by using the Ruppert--Prakash reagent [trimethyl(trifluoromethyl)silane]. The strategy provides a potentially general approach for the synthesis of x-trifluoromethyl x-amino acids.