A highly enantiocontrolled room temperature rhodium-catalyzed conjugate arylation process was developed. The reaction proceeds through 1,4-addition of α-substituted acrylates followed by enantioselective protonation using a C1-symmetric chiral bicyclo[2,2,2] diene as the ligand and water as the proton source. This exceptionally simple protocol provides a reliable and practical access to structurally important phenylalanine derivatives and α,α-di(arylmethyl)acetates in high yields (up to 99%) with good to excellent ee values (up to 99%).
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry