- Complementary Catalytic Strategies to Access α-Chiral Aldehydes
CHIMIA 2013, 67, 658-662
The present article summarizes the development of two novel and complementary catalytic methods to access α-chiral aldehydes. A C1-symmetric chiral (P,N) ligand with a structure derived from the ubiquitous binepine scaffold has been specifically designed for the Pd-catalyzed α-arylation of aldehydes to access indane derivatives with a well-defined quaternary stereocenter in high yields and excellent enantioselectivities. In addition, a dinuclear palladium hydride catalyst has been synthesized for the isomerization of terminal and trisubstituted epoxides into aldehydes and ketones respectively. Combined experimental and theoretical investigations pointed to an unprecedented 'epoxide-opening/hydride-transfer' sequence. The mechanism also features two distinct enantio-determining steps in the kinetic resolution of racemic epoxides.
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Editor’s version DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2013.658