Development of chiral catalysts for Mukaiyama aldol reactions in aqueous media.

Since the discovery of the Mukaiyama aldol reaction in 1973, tremendous efforts have been made to develop a definitive catalyst that catalyzes asymmetric Mukaiyama aldol reactions under mild conditions with broad substrate tolerance. Forty years later, an exhaustive search for a water-compatible Lewis acid was able to uncover the hidden potential of iron(II… CONTINUE READING