Synfacts 2018; 14(08): 0861
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1609893
Organo- and Biocatalysis
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Hydrogen-Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalyst Enabled Asymmetric Fluorination

Benjamin List
Jennifer L. Kennemur
Pupo G. Ibba F. Ascough DM. H. Vicini AC. Ricci P. Christensen KE. Pfeifer L. Morphy JR. Brown JM. Paton RS. Gouverneur V. * University of Oxford and Eli Lilly and Co. Ltd., Windlesham, UK
Asymmetric Nucleophilic Fluorination under Hydrogen Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis.

Science 2018;
360: 638-642
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Publication Date:
18 July 2018 (online)



Gouverneur and co-workers merge two fundamental strategies of modern catalyst design, hydrogen-bonding interactions and phase-transfer catalysis, to report a chiral bis-urea catalyzed asymmetric nucleophilic fluorination of episulfonium salts formed in situ. The fluorinated products are formed in good to excellent yields and moderate to good enantioselectivities by using CsF.



Hydrogen-bonding phase-transfer catalysis (HB PTC) has been previously reported in highly enantioselective nitro-Mannich reactions (B. Wang, Y. Liu, C. Sun, Z. Wei, J. Cao, D. Liang, Y. Lin, H. Duan Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 6432). Gouverneur and co-workers develop such catalysts to solve a synthetic challenge; namely, to enable an asymmetric fluorination reaction using a safe and readily accessible inorganic fluorine source. Henceforth, the expansion of HB PTC to other systems is expected.