Johanna Novacek

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We herein report our efforts to obtain a new class of systematically modified bifunctional (thio)urea-containing quaternary ammonium salts based on easily obtainable chiral backbones. Among the different classes of catalysts that were successfully synthesized, those based on trans-1,2-cyclohexane diamine were found to be the most powerful for the asymmetric(More)
ABSTRACT Detailed DFT studies provide an in-depth mechanistic understanding for the use of chiral amide-based ammonium ylides in epoxidation reactions. It is shown that the used chiral auxiliary efficiently shields one face of the ylide, which thus results in an extraordinarily high stereoselectivity giving only one trans-isomer with perfect control of the(More)
Chiral bifunctional urea-containing ammonium salts were found to be very efficient catalysts for asymmetric α-hydroxylation reactions of β-ketoesters with oxaziridines under base-free conditions. The reaction is accompanied by a simultaneous kinetic resolution of the oxaziridine and a plausible and so far unprecedented bifunctional transition-state model(More)
Just like Nature: A recently developed enantioselective organocatalytic biomimetic transamination provides an elegant approach towards chiral amines. In the presence of an asymmetric phase-transfer catalyst, the intermediate anionic species undergoes an asymmetric C-C bond-forming reaction in a powerful and broadly applicable asymmetric umpolung strategy.
a Institute of Organic Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria. Fax: +43 732 2468 8747; Tel: +43 732 2468 8748; E-mail: b Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Louis Pasteur 1 box L4.01.02, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. c Institute of(More)
The use of carbonyl-stabilised ammonium ylides to access chiral glycidic amides and the corresponding aziridines has so far been limited to racemic trans-selective protocols. We herein report the development of an asymmetric approach to access such compounds with high levels of stereoselectivity using easily accessible chiral auxiliary-based ammonium(More)
Bifunctional chiral urea-containing quaternary ammonium salts can be straightforwardly synthesised in good yield and with high structural diversity via a scalable and operationally simple highly telescoped sequence starting from trans-1,2-cyclohexanediamine. These novel hybrid catalysts were systematically investigated for their potential to control glycine(More)
The key factors for carbonyl-stabilised ammonium ylide-mediated epoxidation reactions were systematically investigated by experimental and computational means and the hereby obtained energy profiles provide explanations for the observed experimental results. In addition, we were able to identify the first tertiary amine-based chiral auxiliary that allows(More)
This communication describes the first proof of concept for an asymmetric α-cyanation of β-ketoesters using a hypervalent iodine-based electrophilic cyanide-transfer reagent. A series of different organocatalysts has been investigated and it was found that the use of naturally occurring Cinchona alkaloids allows obtaining the target products in good yields(More)
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