A new reagent, tert-butyl (2,4-dioxo-3-azaspiro [5,5] undecan-3-yl) carbonate (Boc-OASUD) for the preparation of N-Boc-amino acids is described. The Boc-OASUD reacts with amino acids and their esters at room temperature in the presence of a base and gives N-Boc-amino acids and their esters in good yields and purity. Introduction of the Boc group takes place without racemization. The Boc-OASUD, being a solid and more stable, is a better alternative to di-tert-butyl dicarbonate which is low melting and has to be dispensed in plastic containers than glass because of its poor stability.
The authors are thankful to Dr. P. Gundu Rao, former Director, Research and Development, for his suggestions and discussions.