Natural Product Synthesis & Chemical Biology

25. Enantioselective Synthesis of Five-Membered-Ring Atropisomers with a Chiral Rh(III) Complex


Axially chiral atropisomeric compounds are widely applied in asymmetric catalysis and medicinal chemistry, and efficient methods for their synthesis are in high demand. This applies in particular to atropisomers derived from five-membered aromatic rings because their lower barrier for rotation among the biaryl axis limits their asymmetric synthesis. We report here an enantioselective C-H functionalization method using our chiral RhJasCp complex for the synthesis of the biaryl atropisomer types that can be accessed from three different five-membered-ring heterocycles.

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