Base-free Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation of 1,2-Di- and Monoketones Catalyzed by a Chiral Iron(II) Hydride
Keywords:Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation, Base-free, Benzoin, Hydride complexes, Iron catalysis
AbstractThe chiral iron(II) hydride complex [FeH(CNCEt3)(1a)](BF4) (3, 1a is a chiral macrocycle with an (NH)2P2 donor set) catalyzes the base-free transfer hydrogenation (ATH) of prochiral ketones and the hemireduction of benzils to the corresponding benzoins using iPrOH as hydrogen donor. Ketones give the same excellent enantio-selectivity (up to 99% ee) as the parent catalyst [Fe(CNCEt3)2(1a)](BF4)2 (2), which is only active upon treatment with NaOtBu. Benzoins, whose labile stereocenter is known to undergo racemization under basic conditions, are formed in up to 83% isolated yield with enantioselectivity as high as 95%.
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L. De Luca, A. Mezzetti, Chimia 2018, 72, 233, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2018.233.
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