Dirhodium Carboxylate Catalysts from 2-Fenchyloxy or 2-Menthyloxy Arylacetic Acids: Enantioselective C-H Insertion, Aromatic Addition and Oxonium Ylide Formation/Rearrangement

ChemCatChem. 2021 Oct 19;13(20):4318-4324. doi: 10.1002/cctc.202100924. Epub 2021 Aug 23.


A new class of dirhodium carboxylate catalysts have been designed and synthesized from 2-fenchyloxy or 2-menthyloxy arylacetic acids which display excellent enantioselectivity across a range of transformations of α-diazocarbonyl compounds. The catalysts were successfully applied to enantioselective C-H insertion reactions of aryldiazoacetates and α-diazo-β-oxosulfones affording the respective products in up to 93 % ee with excellent trans diastereoselectivity in most cases. Furthermore, efficient desymmetrization in an intramolecular C-H insertion was achieved. In addition, these catalysts prove highly enantioselective for intramolecular aromatic addition with up to 88 % ee, and oxonium ylide formation and rearrangement with up to 74 % ee.

PMID:34820025 | PMC:PMC8597163 | DOI:10.1002/cctc.202100924


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