Enantiopure 3-Amino-Substituted 1-Indanones, 1-Tetralones, and 1-Benzosuberones via Friedel–Crafts Cyclisation of ω-Aryl-β-benzamido Acids
Received: 06 March 2015
Accepted: 03 April 2015
20 May 2015 (eFirst)
Dedicated to Peter Vollhardt on the occasion of his 69th birthday
Conjugate addition of enantiopure lithium (R)-N-benzyl-N-(α-methylbenzyl)amide to a range of ω-aryl-α,β-unsaturated esters gives the corresponding ω-aryl-β-amino esters as single diastereoisomers in high yields. Friedel–Crafts cyclisation of the pendant carbonyl group onto the ω-aryl ring then gives a range of 3-amino-substituted 1-indanones, 1-tetralones, and 1-benzosuberones, representing an efficient and short protocol for the preparation of these benzo-fused carbocycles in enantiopure form.