Conformational studies on substituted ε-caprolactams by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy

Tobias Gruber, Amber L. Thompson, Barbara Odell, P. Bombicz, Christopher J. Schofield

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The synthesis and conformational analysis of ε-caprolactams containing a -COOMe group at the C-6 position is described. The influence of different C-2, C-6 and N substituents on ring conformation was studied using X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. The results provide evidence that all the analysed caprolactams adopt a chair type conformation with a planar lactam. In the 6-substituted caprolactam, the -COOMe residue prefers to reside in an equatorial position, but can be induced to occupy an axial orientation by the introduction of a bulky tert-butyloxycarbonyl (BOC) group on the lactam nitrogen or by C-2/C-3 ring desaturation. The BOC protected caprolactam was found to undergo exchange between two chair forms as detected by solution NMR, one with the C-6 ester equatorial (30%) and the other with it in the axial position (70%); the latter was observed by X-ray crystallography. For the C-2 dithiocarbamate substituted C-6 methyl ester seven-membered rings, a single chair form is observed for cis-isomers with both substituents equatorial. The analogous trans-isomers, however, exist as two chair forms in a 1 : 1 equilibrium ratio of 1,NC4 and 4C1,N conformers, where either substituent can occupy axial or equatorial positions. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5905-5917
Number of pages13
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Volume38
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014

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Caprolactam
X ray crystallography
Isomers
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Conformations
Esters
Lactams
Ion exchange
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Nitrogen

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Conformational studies on substituted ε-caprolactams by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. / Gruber, Tobias; Thompson, Amber L.; Odell, Barbara; Bombicz, P.; Schofield, Christopher J.

In: New Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 38, No. 12, 01.12.2014, p. 5905-5917.

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Gruber, Tobias ; Thompson, Amber L. ; Odell, Barbara ; Bombicz, P. ; Schofield, Christopher J. / Conformational studies on substituted ε-caprolactams by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. In: New Journal of Chemistry. 2014 ; Vol. 38, No. 12. pp. 5905-5917.
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