Highly enantioselective conjugate addition of AlMe3 to linear aliphatic enones by a designed catalyst.

Abstract

2-Hydroxy-2'-alkylthio-1,1'-binaphthyl compounds are catalytic promoters of the 1,4-addition of AlMe(3) to linear aliphatic enones in THF at -40 to -48 degrees C in the presence of [Cu(MeCN)(4)]BF(4). At ligand loadings of 5-20 mol %, enantioselectivities of 80-93 % are realised for most substrates. To attain these values, the use of highly pure AlMe(3) is… (More)

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