A series of 7-azabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-ene complexes are prepared from [Os(NH3)5(η2-L)]2+ (L = pyrrole, 1-methylpyrrole, 2,5-dimethylpyrrole, 1,2,5-trimethylpyrrole, or 1-(trimethylsilyl)pyrrole) and various dipolarophiles (e.g., acrylonitrile, methyl acrylate, α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone, dimethyl maleate, dimethyl fumarate, N-phenyl maleimide, cyclopentene-1,2-dicarboxylic acid anhydride, and (E)- and (Z)-methyl 3-(3'-pyridyl)acrylate). The cycloaddition is promoted by coordination of the pyrrole with [Os(NH3)5]2+ across C3 and C4, transforming the uncoordinated portion of the pyrrole nucleus into an azomethine ylide capable of undergoing 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions. The metal serves not only to activate the pyrrole ring but also to stabilize the resulting 7-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptene ligands. A number of organic 7-azabicyclo[2.2.1]heptanes, including analogs of the alkaloid epibatidine, have been synthesized by this methodology. For the cases examined, the cycloaddition favors exo stereochemistry of the electron-withdrawing substituent when the pyrrole nitrogen is unsubstituted. Crystal structures have been determined for the complexes obtained from the reactions of pyrrole with N-phenylmaleimide (8a), 2,5-dimethylpyrrole with dimethyl maleate (13a), and 2,5-dimethylpyrrole with α-methylene-γ-butyrolactone (22a).
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