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Enantioselective Kinetic Resolution/Desymmetrization of Para-Quinols: A Case Study in Boronic-Acid-Directed Phosphoric Acid Catalysis.

  • Author(s): Huang, Banruo
  • He, Ying
  • Levin, Mark D
  • Coelho, Jaime AS
  • Bergman, Robert G
  • Toste, F Dean
  • et al.

A chiral phosphoric acid-catalyzed kinetic resolution and desymmetrization of para-quinols operating via oxa-Michael addition was developed and subsequently subjected to mechanistic study. Good to excellent s-factors/enantioselectivities were obtained over a broad range of substrates. Kinetic studies were performed, and DFT studies favor a hydrogen bonding activation mode. The mechanistic studies provide insights to previously reported chiral anion phase transfer reactions involving chiral phosphate catalysts in combination with boronic acids.

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