A one-pot catalytic synthesis of α-tetrasubstituted amino acid derivatives via in situ generation of N-unsubstituted ketimines is reported. Because of the irreversible formation of N-unsubstituted ketimines, the yields were higher than those generated under the conventional one-pot reaction conditions. This process prevents the need to isolate unstable N-unsubstituted ketimines with alkyl substituents and streamlines the synthesis of highly congested α-amino acid derivatives.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry