Synthetic studies of the Thio-Nazarov Cyclization, Biomimetic Total Syntheses of Shimalactones and Exiguamines, and Synthesis of Photoswitchable Dopamine Analogs
Synthetic studies of the Thio-Nazarov Cyclization
Biomimetic Total Syntheses of Shimalactones and Exiguamines
Synthesis of Photoswitchable Dopamine Analogs
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Professor Dirk Trauner, Co-Chair
Part 1 of this thesis describes progress towards thio-Nazarov electrocyclization utilizing substrates with a removable docking group, such as alkyl sulfides, for Lewis acid coordination. This work builds on the successful asymmetric catalysis of Nazarov electrocyclization using non-removable docking groups for coordination of Lewis acids.
Parts 2 and 3 of this thesis describe the biomimetic syntheses of the natural products shimalactones and exiguamines respectively. While the synthesis of alkaloids exiguamines A and B is an improvement of our previous work, the synthesis of polyketides shimalactones A and B is their first synthesis and describes a novel intramolecular addition of a b-ketolactone across a diene. Both syntheses feature pericyclic reactions in their key step biomimetic cascade reactions.
Part 4 of this thesis describes the synthesis of photoswitchable derivatives of dopamine, containing azobenzenes.