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Our knowledge of the biological relevance of regions of chemical space is shaped, in large part, by the synthetic accessibility of small molecules. Historically, however, chemists have explored chemical space in an exceptionally uneven and unsystematic way. We have previously demonstrated that metathesis cascade chemistry may be harnessed to yield small molecule collections with high scaffold diversity. Here, we describe the extent to which inter- and intramolecular Diels-Alder reactions, when used in conjunction with metathesis cascades, can extend the range of molecular scaffolds that are accessible. A range of metathesis substrates was prepared from combinations of two or three building blocks. Metathesis cascades were exploited to "reprogram" the molecular scaffolds. In many cases, the metathesis products were 1,3-dienes, which were potential substrates for either inter- or intramolecular Diels-Alder reactions. The synthesis and functionalisation of the products was often facilitated by fluorous tagging, for example by using a "safety-catch" linker that we have developed. It was demonstrated that, in certain cases, Diels-Alder reactions could extend the range of molecular scaffolds that may be prepared by using metathesis cascade reactions.

Original publication

DOI

10.1002/chem.201000707

Type

Journal article

Journal

Chemistry

Publication Date

2010

Volume

16

Pages

9563 - 9571

Keywords

Cyclization Heterocyclic Compounds/*chemistry *Molecular Structure