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Enantiospecific Synthesis of Vicinal Stereogenic Tertiary and Quaternary Centers by Combination of Configurationally-Trapped Radical Pairs in Crystalline Solids

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posted on 12.06.2003, 00:00 by Martha E. Ellison, Danny Ng, Hung Dang, Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay
Photochemical irradiation of crystalline (2R,4S)-2-carbomethoxy-4-cyano-2,4-diphenyl-3-butanone 1 led to highly efficient decarbonylation reactions. Experiments with optically pure and racemic crystals showed that the intermediate radical pairs undergo a highly diastereo- and enantiospecific radical−radical combination that leads to the formation of two adjacent stereogenic centers in good chemical yield and with high chemical control. Reactions with chiral crystals occurred with quantitative enantiomeric yields and >95% diastereomeric yields.