The N-chloroformylimidazolidinone derivative of enantiopure l-alanine was deprotonated to form an enolate and functionalized with a series of allylic halides. Treatment of the resulting carbamoyl chlorides with potassium iodide led to cyclization of the allylic substituent onto the carbonyl group in an intramolecular aliphatic Friedel–Crafts-type acylation that corresponds to an aliphatic Bischler–Napieralski reaction. The product 3,4-dihydropyridinones were amenable to further functionalization, and finally hydrolysis, to deliver a series of enantio-enriched pipecolic acid derivatives.
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This work was supported by the Presidential Leadership Programme of Egypt, the European Research Council (AdG ROCOCO), and the EPSRC.
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