▼Enantioselective Halo-oxy- and Halo-azacyclizations Induced by Chiral Amidophosphate Catalysts and Halo-Lewis Acids
Yanhui Lu, Hidefumi Nakatsuji, Yukimasa Okumura, Lu Yao, and Kazuaki Ishihara*
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140(19), 6039-6043.
Publication Date (Web): April 30, 2018
▼Boron Tribromide‐Assisted Chiral Phosphoric Acid Catalysts for Enantioselective [2+2] Cycloaddition
First published: 30 March 2018
Proton challenge: BBr3‐assisted chiral phosphoric acid catalysts were used for the enantioselective [2+2] cycloaddition of vinyl sulfides with acroleins. One of the obtained [2+2] cycloadducts could be readily transformed to a key intermediate for (+)‐frontalin as a pheromone of Asian elephants.
▼Metal-Free Transesterification Catalyzed by Tetramethylammonium Methyl Carbonate
Manabu Hatano, Yuji Tabata, Yurika Yoshida, Kohei Toh, Kenji Yamashita, Yoshihiro Ogura, and Kazuaki Ishihara*
Green Chem. 2018, 20(6), 1193–1198.
Environmentally benign metal-free tetramethylammonium methyl carbonate is effective as a catalyst for the chemoselective, scalable, and reusable transesterification of various esters and alcohols in common organic solvents. In situ-generated highly active species, tetramethylammonium alkoxides, can greatly avoid the self-decomposition at ≤110 °C, and reusable. In particular, chelating substrates, such as amino alcohols, diols, triols, sugar derivatives, alkaloids, α-amino acid esters, etc., which deactivate conventional metal salt catalysts, can be used. A 100 gram scale biodiesel production was also demonstrated.
▼Enantioselective Aza-Friedel-Crafts Reaction of Indoles with Ketimines Catalyzed by Chiral Potassium Binaphthyldisulfonates
The enantioselective aza-Friedel–Crafts reaction of indoles with low-reactive ketimines has been developed in the presence of a chiral monopotassium binaphthyldisulfonate as a strong Brønsted acid catalyst. A broad substrate scope was achieved, and the corresponding 3-indolylmethanamines with a chiral quaternary carbon center were obtained in high yields with high enantioselectivities. The addition of a catalytic amount of acetic acid considerably promoted the reaction, and a gram-scale reaction could be achieved with reduced catalyst loading.