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Paper | Regular issue | Vol 71, No. 11, 2007, pp.2427-2440
Published online, 3rd August, 2007
DOI: 10.3987/COM-07-11137
Copper Triflate Catalyzed Regioselective Alkylation of Pyrrole: Conversion of 2-Alkylated Pyrroles to Novel Pyrrolizine Derivatives by Self-Cyclization

Canan Unaleroglu,* Sertan Aytac, and Baris Temelli

*Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, 06800 Ankara, Turkey


Metal triflate catalyzed addition reaction of pyrrole to methyl 2-oxo-4-phenylbut-3-enoate and substituted derivatives generated the related novel alkylated pyrroles regioselectively at C(2) of pyrrole. Among the studied metal triflates, Cu(OTf)2 was found to be more effective in the addition reaction. The synthesized methyl 2-oxo-4-phenyl-4-(1H-pyrrole-2-yl)butanoate esters underwent self-cyclization by heating and yielded the corresponding methyl 3-hydroxy-1-phenyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-pyrrolizine-3-carboxylate and substituted derivatives. This reaction procedure allowed easy access to pyrrolizine structure in mild reaction conditions.