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Conjuage addition of a cuprate to an enamide; (4S, 5R)-1-Heptanoyl-3,4-dimethyl-5-phenyl-imidazolidin-2-one

SyntheticPage 82 (2001)
Submitted 17th Aug 2001, published 17th Aug 2001

Mala Mistry (,
A contribution from the Caddick group Group, CPES, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QJ

Reaction Scheme

Chemicals Used
Copper cyanide (Aldrich) nButyl lithium (1.6M in Hexane, Acros) Tetrahydrofuran (distilled from sodium benzophenone)

A solution of copper cyanide (0.1 g, 1.11 mmol, 1 eq.) in THF (3 mL) was cooled to -78oC, to which was added nBuLi (1.4 mL, 2.23 mmol, 2 eq.) dropwise. The hetrogenous mixture was warmed to 0oC and stirred for about 10 minutes. The now homogenous mixture was recooled to -78oC and a solution of the enamide (0.22 g, 0.925 mmol, 1 eq) in THF (3 mL) was added by cannula slowly. The reaction vessel was removed from the ice bath and allowed to warm to room temperature and stirred for about one hour (progress was checked by TLC 5:1 PE:EtOAc to ensure completion of the reaction). The reaction mixture was quenched by the addition of saturated ammonium chloride solution (5 mL) and diluted with EtOAc (5 mL). The organic extracts were dried, filtered and the solvent removed in vacuo. Purification by flash column chromatography is necessary to remove any copper impurities (10:1-0:1 PE:EtOAc) to afford a colourless oil in average yields of 45 % (115 mg).

Author's Comments
In this particular conjugate addition reaction it is OK for the solution to warm to room temperature. In other systems this can tend to decompose the materials involved. It is also necessary to purify the crude product directly after the work up procedure to ensure decomposition of the product doesnt take place. All glassware should be flame dried and needles and syringes should be purged with nitrogen to ensure good yields. The scale of this reaction works well on moderately scaled reactions i.e 0.1-0.25 g of the enamide, however attempts at scaling down the reaction (i.e 10 mg) have given disappointing results. It is clear to see if the reaction has gone to completion as the addition of a solution of the enamide gives a bright yellow solution.

1H NMR (300 MHz, CDCl3) 0.72-0.78 (6H, m, CCH3 and (CH2)5CH3) 1.19-1.34 (6H, m, (CH2)3CH3) 1.47-1.54 (2H, m, C(O)CH2CH2) 2.80 (3H, s, NCH3) 2.83-3.00 (2H, m, C(O)CH2) 3.77-3.86 (1H, m, CHCH3) 5.21 (1H, d, J 8.57 CHPh) 7.05-7.28 (5H, m, CHar)

Lead Reference
B.H. Lipshutz, R.S. Wilhelm, J.Am.Chem.Soc, 1981, 103, 7672-7674.

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Stephen Caddick
Thu, 23rd Aug 2001 08:39:57
For another example of a copper mediated conjugtae addition see [SyntheticPage 35]

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