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Heteroatom-Directed Acylation of Secondary Alcohols To Assign Absolute Configuration

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posted on 09.02.2018, 00:04 by Alexander S. Burns, Christopher C. Ross, Scott D. Rychnovsky
Birman’s HBTM catalyst is effective for the enantioselective acylation and kinetic resolution of benzylic secondary alcohols. The enantioselective acylation has now been extended to secondary alcohols bearing electron-withdrawing groups such as halides and other heteroatoms. The level of selectivity is modest to good and is sufficient for determining configuration using the competing enantioselective conversion method. A mathematical analysis identifies conditions for achieving maximum differences in conversion and, consequently, assigning configuration with greater confidence. The new method is effective for halohydrins and secondary–tertiary 1,2-diols and was used to confirm the configuration of two inoterpene natural products.