© 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. The mechanism of the organocatalyzed [4+2] cycloaddition of ο-hydroxybenzaldimines to 2,3-dihydro-2 H-furan (DHF) to form furanobenzopyrans has been investigated by using computational methods. Experiments have shown that this reaction produces different products (trans-fused or cis-fused) if different phosphoric acid derivatives are applied. Our study shows the reaction proceeds through a mechanism in which the imine re-arranges into an amine, which subsequently reacts with DHF with mediation from the catalyst. The rate-limiting step in this process is the formation of two new bonds, which is also the key step in determining the reaction selectivity. The selectivity is controlled by a balance of noncovalent interactions between the catalyst and the substrates. The discriminating factor between the two catalysts is the presence of a triflyl substituent on one of catalysts, which constraints the relative orientations of the substrates.
|Journal||Chemistry - An Asian Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Feb 2016|
- computational chemistry
- density functional theory
- phosphoric acid esters