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Addition of a range of organocuprates to (S)-N,N′-bis(p-methoxybenzyl)-3-methylene-6-isopropylpiperazine-2, 5-dione 8 affords cis-3-isopropyl-6-alkyldiketopiperazines in excellent yield and >95% de. Subsequent deprotection and hydrolysis of these cis-3-isopropyl-6-alkyldiketopiperazines affords homochiral (S)-α-amino acids in excellent yield.


Journal article


Journal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 1

Publication Date



3281 - 3287