Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of novel atropisomeric compounds having an N-C chiral axis and their application to asymmetric reaction

Masashi Takahashi, Osamu Kitagawa

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Atropisomeric compounds due to rotational restriction around an N-C bond have received much attention recently as novel chiral molecules. However, catalytic enantioselective synthesis of such N-C axially chiral compounds has not so far been reported. We succeeded in the highly enantioselective syntheses of atropisomeric ortho-tert-butyl anilides, lactams and indoles having an N-C chiral axis through chiral palladium-catalyzed N-C bond forming reactions. That is, in the presence of (R)-DTBM-SEGPHOS-Pd(OAc)2 catalyst, N-arylation (Buchwald-Hartwig amination) of achiral ortho-tert-butylanilides with p-iodonitrobenzene proceeded in a highly enantioselective manner (88-96% ee) to give atropisomeric N-(p-nitrophenyl)anilides in good yields. The application of the present catalytic enantioselective N-arylation to an intramolecular version gave atropisomeric lactam derivatives with high optical purity (92 -98%ee). The a-alkylation with the lithium enolate prepared from the atropisomeric anilide and lactam products with various alkyl halides proceeded with high diastereoselectivity (diastereomer ratio = 31 : 1-80 : 1). On the other hand, 5-endo-hydroaminocyclization of achiral ortho-alkynylanilines using (R)-SEGPHOS-PdCl2 catalyst afforded optically active atropisomeric indole derivatives (up to 83% ee) in good yields.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-993
Number of pages9
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 1



  • Anilide
  • Aromatic amination
  • Atropisomerism
  • Catalytic enantioselective reaction
  • Chiral phosphine
  • Hydroaminocyclization
  • Indole
  • Lactam
  • N-c chiral axis
  • Palladium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry

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