(Chemical Equation Presented) The direct and catalytic kinetic resolution of racemic carboxylic acids bearing a Brønsted base such as O-protected α-hydroxy carboxylic acids and N-protected α-amino acids has been accomplished through an L-histidine-derived sulfonamide-induced enantioselective esterification reaction with tert-butyl alcohol for the first time. Highly asymmetric induction [S(kfast/kslow) = up to 56] has been achieved under the equilibrium between a chiral catalyst and two diastereomeric acylammonium salts through an intramolecular hydrogen-bonding interaction.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry