Synfacts 2019; 15(05): 0545
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1612472
Organo- and Biocatalysis
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Hydrogen-Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis toward β-Fluoroamines

Benjamin List
Joyce A. A. Grimm
Pupo G, Vicini AC, Ascough DM. H, Ibba F, Christensen KE, Thompson AL, Brown JM, Paton RS, Gouverneur V. * University of Oxford, UK and Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
Hydrogen Bonding Phase-Transfer Catalysis with Potassium Fluoride: Enantioselective Synthesis of β-Fluoroamines.

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019;
141: 2878-2883
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Publication Date:
15 April 2019 (online)



Gouverneur and co-workers report a nucleophilic fluorination of β-chloroamines by using a chiral bisurea catalyst and KF or CsF as a solid source of fluoride in hydrogen-bonding phase-transfer catalysis (HB-PTC). Both fluoride sources are easy to handle, nontoxic, and cheap in comparison with other fluorination reagents. The β-fluoroamines were obtained in high yields and high enantioselectivities, and, for some examples, on a large scale.



The concept of HB-PTC was recently applied to nucleophilic fluorination reactions by the authors (Science 2018, 360, 638). On the basis of this work, they were able to further decrease the cost of the fluoride source, without loss of enantio­selectivity, by using KF. Furthermore, the authors approached a broader scope by using aziridinium ion precursors, which led to the synthesis of several fluoro derivatives of approved drugs (e.g., diphenidine).