Authors: Ravisekhara P. Reddy and Huw M. L. Davies
J. Am. Chem. Soc.,
2007, 129 (34), 10312–10313
Rhodium-catalyzed [4 + 3] cycloaddition between methyl 2-(siloxy)vinyldiazoacetate and pyrroles results in the enantioselective synthesis of highly functionalized 8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]octa-2,6-dienes (tropanes). The reaction proceeds via a rhodium−carbenoid intermediate and involves a tandem cyclopropanation/Cope rearrangement mechanism. The optimum chiral dirhodium catalyst for this transformation is the adamantyl glycine-derived complex, Rh2(S-PTAD)4.