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Atroposelective Synthesis of Axially Chiral N‐Arylpyrroles by Chiral‐at‐Rhodium Catalysis


A transformation of fluxional into configurationally stable axially chiral N-arylpyrroles was achieved with a highly atroposelective electrophilic aromatic substitution catalyzed by a chiral-at-metal rhodium Lewis acid. Specifically, N-arylpyrroles were alkylated with N-acryloyl-1H-pyrazole electrophiles in up to 93 % yield and with up to >99.5 % ee, and follow-up conversions reveal the synthetic utility of this new method. DFT calculations elucidate the origins of the observed excellent atroposelectivity.

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