A sequence of reactions including [3.3]-sigmatropic rearrangement of allyl trichloroacetimidates (Overman rearrangement) followed by ruthenium-catalyzed cyclization of N-allyltrichloroacetamides provided a novel method for preparing trichlorinated γ-lactams from allylic alcohols. No δ-lactam was formed as a byproduct. The cyclization of secondary N-allyltrichloroacetamides proceeded with good diastereoselectivity. Two types of tandem cyclizations to form bicyclic lactams took place in the cyclization of N-allyltrichloroacetamides from geraniol and linalool.
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