Asymmetric hydrogenation of furans and benzofurans with iridium-pyridine-phosphinite catalysts

Pauli, Larissa and Tannert, René and Scheil, Robin and Pfaltz, Andreas. (2015) Asymmetric hydrogenation of furans and benzofurans with iridium-pyridine-phosphinite catalysts. Chemistry : a European journal, 21 (4). pp. 1482-1487.

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Enantioselective hydrogenation of furans and benzofurans remains a challenging task. We report the hydrogenation of 2- and 3-substituted furans by using iridium catalysts that bear bicyclic pyridine-phosphinite ligands. Excellent enantioselectivities and high conversions were obtained for monosubstituted furans with a 3-alkyl or 3-aryl group. Furans substituted at the 2-position and 2,4-disubstituted furans proved to be more difficult substrates. The best results (80-97% conversion, 65-82% enantiomeric excess) were obtained with monosubstituted 2-alkylfurans and 2-[4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]furan. Benzofurans with an alkyl substituent at the 2- or 3-position also gave high conversions and enantioselectivity, whereas 2-aryl derivatives showed essentially no reactivity. The asymmetric hydrogenation of a 3-methylbenzofuran derivative was used as a key step in the formal total synthesis of the cytotoxic naphthoquinone natural product (-)-thespesone.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Former Organization Units Chemistry > Synthetische organische Chemie (Pfaltz)
UniBasel Contributors:Pfaltz, Andreas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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