Asymmetric Michael reaction of α-CF3 thioester and α,β-unsaturated aldehyde is catalyzed by diphenylprolinol silyl ether to afford the trifluoromethyl substituted Michael product with excellent enantioselectivity. Although the Michael products were generated as a mixture of syn- and anti-isomers, they can be transformed to single isomers of other useful compounds, such as lactone, lactam, piperidine, dihydropyran containing trifluoromethyl groups, or fluoro substituents.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry