Chiral 1,1′-binaphthyl-2,2′-diammonium salt catalysts for the enantioselective Diels-Alder reaction with α-acyloxyacroleins

Akira Sakakura, Kenji Suzuki, Kazuhiko Nakano, Kazuaki Ishihara

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A diammonium salt of chiral 1,1′-binaphthyl-2,2′-diamine and trifluoromethanesulfonimide (Tf2NH) shows excellent catalytic activity and enantioselectivity for the Diels-Alder reaction of α-acyloxyacroleins with cyclic dienes. For example, in the presence of 5 mol % of the ammonium catalyst, the Diels-Alder reaction of α- (cyclohexanecarbonyloxy)acrolein with cyclopentadiene proceeded in EtCN at -75 °C to give the adducts in 88% yield with 92% exo and 91% ee. This catalyst can be easily prepared in situ by mixing the commercially available chiral diamine and Tf2NH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2229-2232
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - May 25 2006
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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