Sterically shielded nitroxides of the pyrrolidine series have shown the highest resistance to reduction. Here we report the synthesis of new pyrrolidine nitroxides from 5,5-dialkyl-1-pyrroline N-oxides via the introduction of a pent-4-enyl group to the nitrone carbon followed by an intramolecular 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction and isoxazolidine ring opening. The kinetics of reduction of the new nitroxides with ascorbate were studied and compared to those of previously published (1S,2R,3′S,4′S,5′S,2″R)-dispiro[(2-hydroxymethyl)cyclopentan-1,2′-(3′,4′-di-tert-butoxy)pyrrolidine-5′,1″-(2″-hydroxymethyl)cyclopentane]-1′-oxyl (1).
- 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition
- Pyrrolidine nitroxides
- Sterically shielded nitroxide