Enantioselective Copper-Catalyzed Reductive Coupling of Alkenylazaarenes with Ketones

Aakarsh Saxena, Bonnie Choi, Hon Wai Lam

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Catalytic enantioselective methods for the preparation of chiral azaarene-containing compounds are of high value. By combining the utility of copper hydride catalysis with the ability of C=N-containing azaarenes to activate adjacent alkenes toward nucleophilic additions, the enantioselective reductive coupling of alkenylazaarenes with ketones has been developed. The process is tolerant of a wide variety of azaarenes and ketones, and provides aromatic heterocycles bearing tertiary-alcohol-containing side chains with high levels of diastereo- and enantioselection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8428-8431
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2012

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