New potentially chelating chiral magnesium amide bases for use in enantioselective deprotonation reactions

William Kerr, Michael Middleditch, Allan Watson

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Abstract

A series of chiral secondary amines, incorporating a 5- or 6-membered heterocycle, were synthesised and used to prepare novel chiral magnesium bisamide reagents. These amide bases were subsequently applied within asymmetric deprotonation reactions to probe the potential for chelation-assisted selectivity enhancement. Good levels of selectivity could be achieved (up to 87:13 e.r. (R:S)) across a range of prochiral cyclohexanone substrates when employing a thiophene-derived magnesium bisamide complex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages3
JournalSynlett
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • asymmetric synthesis
  • enantioselectivity
  • heterocycles
  • enolate
  • magnesium

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