Silyl enol ethers
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
By variation of the aryl substituents of silyl enol ethers 1a-e and 1f-k, the influence of their nucleophilicity on the stereochemical outcome of cyclopropanation reactions was studied. Using the neutral Schiff-base catalyst 2 · Cu(OAc)2, there was only a weak effect. On the other hand, with the cationic bisoxazoline complex 3· CuOTf a remarkable increase in the enantioselectivity was observed with more strongly electron-attracting substituents such as a trifluoromethyl or nitro group.
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