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A Mismatch-Free Strategy for the Diastereoselective α,α-Bisalkylation of Chiral Nonracemic Methyl Ketones

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posted on 13.06.2018, 16:14 by Md. Nasir Uddin, Emily M. Tarsis, Chia-Hua Wu, Judy I. Wu, Don M. Coltart
A chiral auxiliary-based diastereoselective transformation that entirely avoids the stereochemically mismatched pairing, providing equally high levels of asymmetric induction in the formation of each diastereomer is described. In particular, we show that chiral nonracemic methyl ketones undergo α,α-bisalkylation using phenylalanine-derived N-amino cyclic carbamate (ACC) auxiliaries with essentially perfect diastereoselectivity, as well as excellent yield and regioselectivity. Significantly, with the use of a single enantiomer of the auxiliary, either diastereomeric product can be synthesized with an equally high level of asymmetric induction.