Synthesis of Borylated Cyclobutanes via a Strain-Release 1,2-Metallate Rearrangement

  • Elliott Denton

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)


Cyclobutanes are important motifs in natural products and are increasingly found in medicinal chemistry since they can provide a defined spatial arrangement of substituents. This thesis describes a new route to 1,1,3-trisubstituted cyclobutanes using a novel strain-release boronate complex.
Specifically, reaction of lithiatedbicyclo[1.1.0]butane with a boronic ester furnished an intermediate boronate complex which was reacted with a broad set of electrophiles. The electrophile and boronic ester substituent effectively add across the highly strained C–C σ-bond of the bicyclo[1.1.0]butane, which acts as a conjunctive reagent. This modular three-component coupling occurs with excellent levels of diastereoselectivity generating 1,1,3-trisubstituted cyclobutanes, decorated with an array of functional groups. The thesis also describes an improved route to lithiated bicyclo[1.1.0]butane.
Date of Award23 Jan 2019
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Bristol
SupervisorVarinder K Aggarwal (Supervisor)

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