Synfacts 2007(5): 0547-0547  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-968349
Organo- and Biocatalysis
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Phosphoric Acid Catalyzed Friedel-Crafts Reaction of Indoles with Imines

Contributor(s): Benjamin List, Subhas Chandra Pan
Q. Kang, Z.-A. Zhao, S.-L. You*
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, P. R. of China
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Publication Date:
24 April 2007 (online)


Here the authors report a chiral phosphoric acid catalyzed enantioselective Friedel-Crafts reaction of indoles with N-sulfonyl aldimines. After screening different 3,3′-substituents on the binol motif, 1-naphthyl-substituted catalyst 1 has been found to be highly effective for this reaction. With 20 mol% of catalyst 1, good to high yields (83-90%) and high enantioselectivities (er = 91:9 to >99:1) were obtained for different ­aromatic aldimines. A non-aromatic cyclohexyl ­aldimine has also been used; however, lower yield (56%) and lower enantioselectivity (er = 79:21) were obtained.