Waste-free catalytic assembly of α-amino acids is fueled by a multiboron catalyst that features a characteristic B3NO2 heterocycle, providing a versatile catalytic protocol wherein functionalized natural α-amino acid units are accommodated and commonly used protecting groups are tolerated. The facile dehydrative conditions eliminate the use of engineered peptide coupling reagents, exemplifying a greener catalytic alternative for peptide coupling. The catalysis is sufficiently robust to enable pentapeptide synthesis, constructing all four amide bond linkages in a catalytic fashion.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry