Anionic Cascade Routes to Sulfur and Nitrogen Heterocycles Originating from Thio- and Aminophosphate Precursors

Pradipta Das, Jon T Njardarson

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This micro-review attempts to comprehensively cover reported reactions employing thio- and aminophosphate precursors for forming sulfur and nitrogen heterocycles. All such reactions are triggered by initial formation of an alkoxide, most commonly by attack of a carbon or heteroatom nucleophile onto a carbonyl group. The alkoxide intermediate facilitates an intramolecular transfer of the phosphate group to form a thiolate or nitrogen atom anion, which then terminate the anionic cascade via an intramolecular O-phosphate displacement reaction to form the heterocyclic products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016



  • Aminophosphates
  • Cascade reactions
  • Nitrogen heterocycles
  • Sulfur heterocycles
  • Thiophosphates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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