Date Thesis Awarded

12-2018

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Chemistry

Advisor

Jonathan Scheerer

Committee Members

Elizabeth Harbron

Jordan Walk

Abstract

This thesis outlines investigations into utilizing an intermolecular Diels-Alder approach to access the bicyclo[2.2.2]diazaoctane motif in natural products. A stereodivergent synthesis of prenylated indole alkaloid scaffolds from a common diene precursor, and a revised synthetic strategy to (±)-brevianamide B was a result of improved understanding of regioselectivity and stereoselectivity of intermolecular [4+2] between pyrazinone-type dienes and fumarate and maleic anhydride type dienophiles. This observed selectivity was also exploited in the synthesis of (+) serantrypinone, as the key Diels-Alder reaction between a chiral-nonracemic diene and an isatin derived dienophile proceeded with endo preference and exclusive regioselectivity. Progress of downstream elaborations from the cycloadduct towards (+)-serantrypinone is also reported.

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