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Catalytic Asymmetric Radical–Polar Crossover Hydroalkoxylation

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posted on 25.10.2019, 13:42 by Christopher A. Discolo, Eric E. Touney, Sergey V. Pronin
Asymmetric intra­molecular hydrofunctionalization of tertiary allylic alcohols is described. This metal hydride-mediated catalytic radical–polar crossover reaction delivers corresponding epoxides in good to high enantio­selectivity and constitutes the first example of asymmetric hydrogen atom transfer-initiated process. A series of modified cobalt salen complexes has proven optimal for achieving good efficiency and asymmetric induction. Experimental data suggest that cationic cobalt complexes may be involved in the enantio­determining step, where cation−π interactions in the catalyst contribute to the asymmetric induction.

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