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Direct Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of Trifluoromethylated γ-Amino Esters/Lactones via Umpolung Strategy
- Hu, Bin, Deng, Li
- Journal of organic chemistry 2018 v.84 no.2 pp. 994-1005
- Lewis acids, Lewis bases, acrylates, carbon, catalysts, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, chemical structure, diastereoselectivity, enantioselectivity, esters, imines, lactones, organic chemistry, quinine
- Enabled by the discovery of new cinchonium salts and coadditives, a direct and efficient asymmetric access to trifluoromethylated γ-amino esters/lactones has been realized through the enantioselective and diastereoselective umpolung reaction of trifluoromethyl imines with acrylates or α,β-unsaturated lactones as carbon electrophiles. At 0.5–5.0 mol % catalyst loadings, the newly developed catalytic system activates a variety of imine substrates as unconventional nucleophiles to mediate highly chemo-, regio-, diastereo-, and enantioselective C–C bond forming reactions. The developed synthetic protocol represents an excellent strategy to target a series of versatile and enantiomerically enriched γ-amino esters/lactones in good to excellent yields from the readily available starting materials. Additionally, we found that the epi-vinyl catalysts based on cinchonidine and quinine promote a similarly high enantioselective reaction generating the opposite configuration of chiral products in a highly efficient manner, which allows convenient access to either the R- or S-enantiomer of the chiral amine products in high yields and excellent enantioselectivities.