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Organocatalytic Asymmetric Hydrolysis of Epoxides

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Monaco,  Mattia Riccardo
Research Department List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

Prevost,  Sebastien
Research Department List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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List,  Benjamin
Research Department List, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Monaco, M. R., Prevost, S., & List, B. (2014). Organocatalytic Asymmetric Hydrolysis of Epoxides. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53(31), 8142-8145. doi:10.1002/anie.201400170.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-3E77-A
Abstract
The hydrolytic ring opening of epoxides is an important biosynthetic transformation and is also applied industrially. We report the first organocatalytic variant of this reaction, exploiting our recently discovered activation of carboxylic acids with chiral phosphoric acids via heterodimerization. The methodology mimics the enzymatic mechanism, which involves an enzyme-bound carboxylate nucleophile. A newly designed phosphoric acid catalyst displays high stereocontrol in the desymmetrization of meso-epoxides. The methodology shows wide generality with cyclic, acylic, aromatic, and aliphatic substrates. We also apply our method in the first highly enantioselective anti-dihydroxylation of simple olefins.