Catalytic Asymmetric Radical–Polar Crossover Hydroalkoxylation
journal contributionposted on 25.10.2019, 13:42 authored 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.