Osmium-mediated oxidative cyclizations: A study into the range of initiators that facilitate cyclization

Timothy J. Donohoe, Katherine M P Wheelhouse, Peter J. Lindsay-Scott, Gwydion H. Churchill, Matthew J. Connolly, Sam Butterworth, Paul A. Glossop

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A general route to prepare substituted, saturated five-membered heterocycles has been developed. The application of a wide range of starting materials to the osmium-catalyzed oxidative cyclization reaction is described. Diols, hydroxy-amides, hydroxy-sulfonamides, and carbamates all cyclize in moderate to excellent yields to give cis-tetrahydrofurans and pyrrolidines, depending upon the position of the heteroatoms in the starting materials. These cyclizations all proceed with near total selectivity for the cis-hetero-cycles, and with stereospecific introduction of a hydroxy group adjacent to the ring. Moreover, routes to enantiopure starting materials are described, which give enantiopure products upon cycli-zation. Catalyst loadings of as low as one mol percent have been successfully employed for this transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1247
Number of pages11
JournalChemistry: An Asian Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2009


  • Catalysis
  • Heterocycles
  • Osmium
  • Pyrrolidines
  • Tetrahydro-furans


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