The first enantioselective catalytic direct cross-aldol reaction that employs nonequivalent aldehydes has been accomplished using proline as the reaction catalyst. Structural variation in both the aldol donor (R1 = Me, n-Bu, Bn, 91 to >99%) and aldol acceptor (R2 = I-Pr, I-Bu, c-C6H11, Et, Ph, 97-99% ee) are possible while maintaining high reaction efficiency (75-88% yield). Significantly, this new aldol variant allows facile enantioselective access to a broad range of β-hydroxy aldehydes which are valuable intermediates in polyketide syntheses.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry