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Isothiourea-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of α,β-unsaturated para-nitrophenyl esters

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Jiufeng Wu, Claire Mary Young, Andrew David Smith

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Abstract

A protocol for the isothiourea-catalysed transfer hydrogenation of α,β-unsaturated para-nitrophenyl esters using Hantzsch ester has been developed. Good to excellent yields are observed using α,β-unsaturated aryl esters bearing electron-withdrawing β-substituents. The aryl ester products can either be isolated directly in moderate to excellent yields (7 examples, 16–98%) or converted to the corresponding methyl esters (2 examples, 68–70% yield) or benzyl amides (2 examples, 44–88% yield) after in situ reaction of the hydrogenated ester with the appropriate nucleophile. Preliminary experiments showed that modest enantioinduction (76:24 er) is possible when a chiral isothiourea catalyst was used.
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Original languageEnglish
Article number131758
JournalTetrahedron
VolumeIn press
Early online date13 Nov 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Nov 2020

    Research areas

  • Transfer hydrogenation, Isothiourea, Organocatalysis, Hantzsch ester

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