Highly Z-selective syntheses of oxazolidin-2-ones from propargylic alcohols containing internal alkynes and phenyl isocyanate were achieved by using a combination of silver acetate and N,N-dimethylaminopyridine. The catalytic system was applied to propargylic alcohols containing alkyl-substituted alkyne groups. By considering the results in the presence and absence of an electron-withdrawing group on the aromatics, it was shown that the silver catalyst effectively activates the C≡C triple bond by acting as a π-Lewis acid to produce the corresponding oxazolidinones with high Z-selectivities.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry