A new method for enantioselective organocatalytic cyclopropanation is described. This study outlines the identification of a new class of iminium catalyst based on the concept of directed electrostatic activation (DEA). This novel organocatalytic mechanism exploits dual activation of ylide and enal substrates through a proposed electrostatic activation and stereodirected protocol. Formation of trisubstituted cyclopropanes with high levels of enantio- and diastereoinduction is accomplished for a variety of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes and sulfonium ylides. In addition, mechanistic studies have found that this cyclopropanation reaction exhibits enantioselectivity and reactivity profiles that are in accord with the proposed DEA step.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry