Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Chemistry and Molecular Bioscience


The Petasis-borono-Mannich (PBM) reaction has been shown to be effective for the synthesis of chiral small molecules as well as polyhydroxylated alkaloids and heterocycles. However, there is very limited literature surrounding the use of allylboronates in the PBM reaction. In addition, most PBM reactions use chiral pool materials as a source of α-heteroatom aldehydes, rather than a more general method. Development of both these areas in the PBM reaction would enable a more versatile synthesis of alkaloid-like skeletons than is described in current literature. In this Thesis, organocatalysis was used to synthesise chiral α-heteroatom aldehydes according to literature procedures, which were then used as substrates in the PBM reaction with primary amines and allyl or crotylboronates, producing 1,2-fluoroamines or free or O-protected 1,2-amino alcohols with high diastereoselectivity and enantiopurity. These structures could then be transformed into heterocyclic derivatives in few subsequent steps. This work demonstrates a straightforward and versatile method of synthesis of alkaloid-like compounds with high structural complexity.

FoR codes (2008)

0305 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 030503 Organic Chemical Synthesis



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