Synfacts 2020; 16(11): 1303
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1706342
Metals in Synthesis

Dynamic Kinetic Resolution Strategy for the Asymmetric Nickel-Catalyzed Capture of Transient Cyclic Allenes

Mark Lautens
Rachel Ross
Yamano MM, Kelleghan AV, Shao Q, Giroud M, Simmons BJ, Li B, Chen S, Houk KN, *, Garg NK. * University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Intercepting Fleeting Cyclic Allenes with Asymmetric Nickel Catalysis.

Nature 2020;
586: 242-247
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-2701-2.


Taking advantage of the rapid racemization of strained cyclic allenes, a dynamic kinetic resolution strategy was used for the enantioselective nickel-catalyzed interception of the short-lived cyclic allenes using denitrogenative annulation of benzotriazinones. Starting from racemic silyl triflates, both racemic and enantioselective versions of the reaction were investigated, producing a variety of phenanthridinone products in good yield and enantioselectivity. Notably, olefin isomerization to restore aromaticity was not observed.



DFT studies were used to elucidate the reaction mechanism, and showed that direct reductive elimination does not follow the migratory insertion step as expected, since it would give rise to the opposite enantiomer of the product. Instead, the authors propose isomerization from the σ-nickel allyl species to a prochiral π-allyl species, with subsequent outer-sphere nucleophilic attack by the amidate anion, leading to the observed product.


Publication History

Publication Date:
20 October 2020 (online)

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