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Three-Component Organocascade Kinetic Resolution of Racemic Nitroallylic Acetates via Sequential Iminium/Enamine Asymmetric Catalysis

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posted on 20.02.2016, 21:31 authored by Suparna Roy, Kwunmin Chen
Nitroallylic acetates 1af have been kinetically resolved via an asymmetric three-component coupling that involves indoles, acrolein, and nitroolefin allylic acetates and is mediated by the chiral catalyst 2 (5 mol %). The reactions proceed via iminium/enamine cascade catalysis. Both recovered starting substrates and reaction products are typically obtained in high chemical yield and in good to excellent enantiopurity (79–95% ee for 1af and 83–99% ee for 3an). For the first time, a highly efficient three-component, organocascade kinetic resolution has been demonstrated.