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Keywords:

  • asymmetric catalysis;
  • azo compounds;
  • heterocycles;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • lactams
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Get ready for take off: A planar-chiral derivative of 4-pyrrolidinopyridine (1) mediates the title transformation (see scheme) in a convergent manner with good enantioselectivity, thus giving the first catalytic asymmetric synthesis of aza-β-lactams.