A cascade organocatalysis is reported for the nucleophilic and electrophilic dual activation taking place in the reaction of methyl ketones or active methylene compounds with DMF-DMA (N,N-dimethylformamide dimethyl acetal). L-Proline serves as an efficient organocatalyst in the covalent and noncovalent synchronous mode for the ambiphilic activation of various aryl, heteroaryl, and styryl methyl ketones, cyclic ketones, and 1,3-diketones with DMF-DMA to achieve the convenient syntheses of the versatile synthons (2E)-1-aryl/ heteroaryl/styryl-3-(dimethylamino)-2-propen-1-ones, (E)-α- [(dimethylamino)formylidene]cycloalkanones, and (E)-2-(dimethylamino) formylidene-1,3-diketones in high yields under solvent-free conditions.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European Journal of Organic Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2012|
- amino acids
- domino reactions
- hydrogen bonds
- synthetic methods