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Rapid access to functionalized cyclobutanes via ring expansion strategies

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 224˙933 €
 EC max contribution 224˙933 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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1    UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL UK (BRISTOL) coordinator 224˙933.00


 Project objective

Cyclobutanes are common motifs in natural products and are increasingly important in medicinal chemistry since they can orient substituents along precise vectors. However, methods to construct cyclobutanes are less developed in comparison to their smaller and larger rings. Consequently, novel methods to access functionalized cyclobutanes are highly desirable and would be of considerable value for the discovery of new bioactive compounds. In the last decade, the host group and others have contributed significantly to the development of boron 1,2-migration chemistry which has found numerous applications in organic synthesis. Normally, 1,2-metallate shifts in boronate complexes are induced by α-leaving groups or by reactions of alkenyl boronates with halogens, π-acidic metals, or radicals. Herein, we are proposing a fundamentally new strategy to induce 1,2-metallate rearrangement, via a ring expansion of vinyl cyclopropyl boronate complex activated by an electrophile or by photoredox or transition metal catalysis. This novel process would lead to highly versatile boronic ester containing cyclobutanes, which can be transformed into other valuable functional groups. Furthermore, we plan to use chiral ligands in combination with palladium catalysis in this novel process, leading to enantioenriched chiral cyclobutyl boronic esters. These novel methodologies not only benefit from the formation of highly functionalized cyclobutanes, but also lay solid foundations for the development of other ring-expansion induced 1,2-metallate rearrangements. The scope of these processes will be carefully investigated, and mechanistic studies of the photoreaction will be carried out using advanced physical/chemical methods. Finally, this project will enable significant knowledge transfer between the host and researcher, while forging new academic networks within the scientific community.

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