Highly Enantioselective Hydrogenation of Amides via Dynamic Kinetic Resolution Under Low Pressure and Room Temperature

High-throughput screening and lab-scale optimization were combined to develop the catalytic system trans-RuCl2((S,S)-skewphos)­((R,R)-dpen), 2-PrONa, and 2-PrOH. This system hydrogenates functionalized α-phenoxy and related amides at room temperature under 4 atm H2 pressure to give chiral alcohols with up to 99% yield and in greater than 99% enantiomeric excess via dynamic kinetic resolution.