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Research Article

-Cinnamoyl--phenyl­alanine methyl ester


As part of an ongoing investigation into the development of N-substituted amino acids as building blocks for dynamic combinatorial chemistry, we report the structure of the title compound, C19H19NO3. This compound crystallizes as discrete mol­ecules. The cinnamoyl group is non-planar, with the phenyl ring and the amide twisted out of the ethyl­ene plane. The benzyl and ester groups lie above and below the amide plane. The mol­ecules stack along the crystallographic c axis, connecting through C(4) chains of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, with the extended structure stabilized by C—H⋯O inter­actions and π–π inter­actions [centroid-to-centroid distances 3.547 (8) and 3.536 (8) Å].