Synfacts 2018; 14(12): 1297
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1611332
Organo- and Biocatalysis
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Asymmetric Phosphoric Acid Catalyzed Four-Component Ugi Reaction

Benjamin List
Oleg Grossmann
Zhang J, Yu P, Li S.-Y, Sun H, Xiang S.-H, Wang J, Houk KN. * Tan B. * Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, P. R. of China and University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Asymmetric Phosphoric Acid-Catalyzed Four-Component Ugi Reaction.

Science 2018;
DOI: 10.1126/science.aas8707.
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Publication Date:
19 November 2018 (online)



The Houk and Tan groups report an asymmetric phosphoric acid catalyzed Ugi reaction furnishing α-aminoacylaminoamides from four achiral building blocks in excellent yields and high enantioselectivities. DFT calculations support imine activation accomplished by phosphoric acid carboxylic acid heterodimer catalysis through a bifunctional activation mode.



Asymmetric Ugi reactions, which are highly atom- and step-economical transformations, remain challenging partially due to the requirement of suppressing the Passerini reaction. The authors have developed two chiral phos­phoric acids, based on STRIP (I. Čorić, S. Müller, B. List J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 17370) that fully suppress the Passerini reaction while providing a broad substrate scope.