Asymmetric Organocatalysis by Benjamin List

By Benjamin List

As nucleophiles, uncomplicated alkenes tend to be so unreactive that purely hugely lively electrophiles, akin to carbocations, peroxides, and halogens will react with them. For the iteration of carbon-carbon bonds, milder tools will frequently be required. thankfully, it's attainable to extend the reactivity of alkene-type p-nucleophiles through introducing electron-donating substituents. Substitution of 1 H with an OH or OR provides an enol or a vinyl ether, that are already far better nucleophiles. utilizing nitrogen rather than oxygen, one obtains even greater nucleophiles, enamines. Enamines are one of the so much reactive impartial carbon nucleophiles, showing charges which are even reminiscent of a few charged nucleophiles, comparable to enolates [1, 2]. such a lot enamines, regrettably, are delicate to hydrolysis. The mother or father enamine, N, N-dimethylvinylamine, has actually been ready [3], yet seems to be uns- ble. Enamines of cyclic ketones and lots of aldehydes can easily be remoted, despite the fact that [4-7]. The instability of enamines could in the beginning seem to lower the application of enamines as nucleophiles, yet truly this estate should be considered as an additional benefit: enamines will be comfortably and quickly generated catalytically by utilizing an appropriate amine and a carbonyl compound. The condensation of aldehydes or ketones with amines at the start offers an imine or iminium ion, which then swiftly loses a proton to find the money for the corresponding enamine (Scheme 1).

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In order to effect this cyclization, use of a more electrophilic Michael acceptor, such as alkylidene malonate 83, was required Eq. 6b [70]. The difference in reactivity is presumably due to the extra conformational freedom of the aliphatic linker compared to the fused aromatic linker of substrate 79 coupled with potential competing non-productive pathways. Carbene Catalysts O CO2Et 95 CO2Et PhMe, 25 C, 24h 81 O O 20 mol% 76a 20 mol% KHMDS 82 81% 95% ee 20 mol% 76a 20 mol% KHMDS CO2Et CO2Et a O CO2Et CO2Et PhMe, 25 oC, 24h Bn b N N BF4 N Ph (6) 76a 84 97% 82% ee 83 The scope of this methodology has been expanded to the synthesis of tetrasubstituted stereocenters by inducing the addition of aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes to b,b-disubstituted Michael acceptors [71, 72].

While results are limited to primary and secondary alcohols, the authors provided a single example of the use of an amine nucleophile. The reaction of cinnamaldehyde 187 and b-amino alkylidene malonate 188 provide amide product 189, albeit in moderate yield Eq. 18. O H Ph + I N Me Me N 5 mol% 190 CO2Me MeO2C H2N 188 187 O Ph CO2Me N H DBU, PhMe CO2Me 189 51% 189 51% (18) Bode and co-workers further extended redox esterification to include carbon– carbon bond breaking of formyl-cyclopropanes [113].

O N O O H TESO O NBn O OH O NBn 4 steps O Me O F KHMDS, PhMe Bn O F F 20 mol% 75c F O 166 F BF4 NBn O N N O Me O 168 Ph OH O 167 O OMe NBn O O FD-838 Et Scheme 27 Rovis and Orellana’s efforts toward the synthesis of FD-838 Carbene Catalysts 109 5 Redox Reactions The catalytic preparation of esters and amides under mild and waste free reaction conditions using readily available starting materials is a desirable goal. The first redox process of this type using heterocyclic carbenes was reported by Castells and co-workers in 1977 in which aldehydes were oxidized to esters in one-pot in the presence of nitrobenzene [104].

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