Thermally promoted reaction of α-acyl-α-diazoacetates with imines has been investigated. The transformation, earlier reported predominantly under transition metal catalyzed conditions, delivers α-alkoxycarbonyl-substituted β-lactams with outstanding diastereoselectivity. DFT calculations performed in order to evaluate energetically feasible reaction pathways revealed the intermediacy of 1,3-oxazin-4-one intermediates hitherto never implicated in the Staudinger synthesis of β-lactams.
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