Byung-Ick Seo

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Dissertation - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department / School

Chemistry and Biochemistry


Despite the wide variety of chiral auxiliaries based upon the camphor skeleton which have been developed in the past two decades and the almost encyclopedic coverage of the possible vicinally disubstituted bomanes by Oppolzer's group, there has been, surprisingly, no attempt to use trans-2, 3-disubstituted bomanes as chiral auxiliaries in organic synthesis. This dissertation summarizes the results of the first systematic study of this system. MM2 molecular mechanics calculations predicted that 3-endo-benzylisobomyl propionate is the most conformationally rigid isomer of this ester and that its preferred conformation is that in which the aryl group blocks the acyl group efficiently. The required chiral 3-endo-benzylisobomeols were prepared in large quantity from enones (152) by Bouveault-Blanc reduction of the enone with sodium metal in refluxing ethanol, conversion of the mixture of stereoisomeric alcohols to the mixture of pnitrobenzoate esters, separation of the desired 2-exo-3-endo isomer (158) by fractional crystallization, and base hydrolysis of the purified p-nitrobenzoate ester. The 3-endo-(p-methoxybenzyl)isobomeol was systematically evaluated as a chiral auxiliary in the alkylation of ester enolates. It was found that, although this auxiliary does not afford a high level of diastereoselectivity in the alkylation reaction, it could be used as a chiral reagent for assigning the absolute configuration of a-methylcarboxylic acids by 1H NMR spectroscopy at 200 MHz.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Asymmetric synthesis



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South Dakota State University