Amanda R Benavides

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An efficient synthesis of enantioenriched α-substituted γ-hydroxy esters via a kinetic resolution event is described. Bulky racemic esters in the presence of a chiral Brønsted acid selectively lactonize to yield a recoverable enantioenriched hydroxy ester and lactone. These esters are highly versatile building blocks that can readily be converted to(More)
The kinetic resolution of hydroxy tert-butyl esters through a Brønsted acid catalyzed lactonization is described. The resulting enantioenriched molecules have cyclic backbones and/or multiple stereocenters. DFT calculations explore how small changes in substrate structure can have a large impact on the selectivity of the process.
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