Synfacts 2009(12): 1403-1403  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1218217
Organo- and Biocatalysis
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart ˙ New York

Vinylogous α-Ketol Rearrangement

Contributor(s): Benjamin List, Saihu Liao
E. Zhang, C.-A. Fan, Y.-Q. Tu*, F.-M. Zhang, Y.-L. Song
Lanzhou University, P. R. Of China
Further Information

Publication History

Publication Date:
20 November 2009 (online)


A novel organocatalytic enantioselective vinylogous α-ketol rearrangement via a semipinacol-type 1,2-carbon migration is reported by the authors. With a primary amine catalyst combined with N-Boc-l-phenylglycine (NBLP) as co-catalyst, a series of spirocyclic diketones containing an all-carbon quaternary stereocenter was obtained in good yields and high enantioselectivities (er up to 98.5:1.5). The acid additives showed a significant effect on the stereochemical outcome, and a match-mismatch effect was also observed when using NBLP and NBDP.