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Diastereoselective Synthesis of Terminal Bromo-Substituted Propargylamines via Generation of Lithium Bromoacetylide and Addition to Chiral N-tert-Butanesulfinyl Aldimines

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posted on 15.01.2021, 16:35 by Charles S. Jolly, Emma Kochanowski, Cayden J. Dodd, Savannah J. Post, Harrison M. Hill, Mark Turlington
The stereoselective synthesis of terminal bromo-substituted propargylamines via in situ generation of lithium bromoacetylide from 1,2-dibromoethene and addition to Ellman chiral N-tert-butanesulfinyl aldimines is reported. Modest to good yields (43–85%) and diastereoselectivity (dr = 3:1 to >20:1) were achieved for a range of aryl, heteroaryl, alkyl, and α,β-unsaturated substrates. Terminal bromo-substituted propargylamines prepared via this method can be directly used in the frequently employed Cadiot–Chodkiewicz coupling to produce functionalized diynes. The method reported here increases the structural diversity of chiral terminal bromo-substituted propargylamines that can be readily synthesized as previous methods for the stereoselective synthesis of these compounds rely on amino acid precursors from the chiral pool.