The ethyl methyl imidazolium salts of amino acids, [emim][AA], have been used as catalysts in the aza-Michael reaction. Furthermore, when chiral amino acids were used, a stereoselective reaction was achieved. The mechanism of the transformation was verified by the detection of a key intermediate by electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy (ESI-MS).
- Amino acid
- Asymmetric reaction
- aza-Michael reaction
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry