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Keywords:

  • cyclization;
  • enantioselectivity;
  • Michael addition;
  • oxygen heterocycles;
  • selenium

Abstract

The reactions of readily available vinyl selenones with enantiopure 1,2-diols, N-protected-1,2-aminoalcohols, and diamines gave substituted enantiopure 1,4-dioxanes, morpholines, and piperazines, respectively, in good to excellent yields. The same procedure was extended to the synthesis of thiomorpholine, benzodiazepine, and benzoxazepine. The reactions proceeded in one pot, in the presence of base, through a simple and novel application of the Michael-initiated, ring-closure (MIRC) reactions. The formed heterocycles constitute a framework that is observed in a large number of pharmaceutical compounds.