30 August 2017

Efficient route for the construction of polycyclic systems from bioderived HMF

The first synthesis of tricyclic compounds from biobased 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is described. The Diels-Alder reaction was used to implement the transition from HMF to non-planar framework, which possessed the structural cores of naturally occurring biologically active compounds and building blocks of advanced materials. A one-pot, three-step sustainable synthesis in water was developed starting directly from HMF.

The reduction of HMF led to 2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)furan (BHMF), which could be readily involved in the Diels-Alder cycloaddition reaction with HMF-derived maleimide, followed by hydrogenation of the double bond. The described transformation was diastereoselective and proceeded with a good overall yield. The applicability of the chosen approach for the synthesis of analogous structures containing amine functionality on the side chain was demonstrated. To produce the target compounds, only platform chemicals were used with carbohydrate biomass as the single carbon source.

Reference: Green Chem., 2017, 19, 4858-4864

DOI: 10.1039/C7GC02211E

On-line version: http://doi.org/10.1039/C7GC02211E