© 2019 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim A highly enantioselective catalytic method for the synthesis of quaternary α-trifluoromethyl derivatives of 3-oxo esters is described. The reaction uses lanthanum(III) triflate and chiral PyBOX-type C2-symmetric ligands to generate intermediate LaIII complexes that incorporate an enolate moiety of the starting 3-oxo ester and the trifluoromethylation transfer reagent. The enantioselectivity of the reaction stems from the efficient blockage of one of the prochiral faces of the LaIII enolate by one unit of the C2-symmetric ligand.
|Journal||Chemistry - A European Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Jun 2019|
- density functional calculations