Crown Ether-Derived Chiral BINOL: Enantioselective Michael Addition of Alkenyl Boronic Acids to α,β-Unsaturated Ketones

ACS Omega. 2021 Dec 10;6(50):35093-35103. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.1c05875. eCollection 2021 Dec 21.


A new class of aza-crown ether-derived chiral BINOL catalysts were designed, synthesized, and applied in the asymmetric Michael addition of alkenylboronic acids to α,β-unsaturated ketones. It was found that introducing aza-crown ethers to the BINOL catalyst could achieve apparently higher enantioselectivity than a similar BINOL catalyst without aza-crown ethers did, although the host-guest complexation of alkali ions by the aza-crown ethers could not further improve the catalysis effectiveness. Under mediation of the aza-crown ether-derived chiral BINOL and in the presence of a magnesium salt, an array of chiral γ,δ-unsaturated ketones were furnished in good enantioselectivities (81-95% ees).

PMID:34963990 | PMC:PMC8697596 | DOI:10.1021/acsomega.1c05875


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