Stereoselectivity of the Honda–Reformatsky Reaction in Reactions with Ethyl Bromodifluoroacetate with α‑Oxygenated Sulfinylimines

The Reformatsky reaction of ethyl bromodifluoroacetate to α-oxygenated sulfinylimines is described. Using Honda–Reformatsky conditions, the reaction proceeds with double diastereodifferentiation, with the configuration of the sulfinyl group determining the stereochemical course of the reaction. Excellent diastereoselectivities (>94:6) are obtained for the matched cases. In contrast, reaction with sulfinylimines derived from unsubstituted alkanals proceeded with virtually no diastereoselectivity.