We report a new set of reactions based on the Pd-catalyzed alkylation of methylene C(sp3)-H bonds of aliphatic quinolyl carboxamides with α-haloacetate and methyl iodide and applications in the stereoselective synthesis of various β-alkylated α-amino acids. These reactions represent the first generally applicable method for the catalytic alkylation of unconstrained and unactivated methylene C-H bonds with high synthetic relevance. When applied with simple isotope-enriched reagents, they also provide a convenient and powerful means to site-selectively incorporate isotopes into the carbon scaffolds of amino acid compounds.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry