In situ enzymatic screening (ISES) of P,N-ligands for Ni(0)-mediated asymmetric intramolecular allylic amination

David B Berkowitz, Weijun Shen, Gourhari Maiti

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An in situ enzymatic screening (ISES) approach to rapid catalyst evaluation recently pointed to Ni(0) as a new candidate transition metal for intramolecular allylic amination. This led to further exploration of chiral bidentate phosphine ligands for such transformations. Herein, a variety of P,N-ligands are examined for this Ni(0)-chemistry, using a model reaction leading into the vinylglycinol scaffold. On the one hand, an N,N-bis(2-diphenylphosphinoethyl)alkylamine ('PNP') ligand proved to be the fastest ligand yet seen for this Ni(0)-transformation. On the other, phosphinooxazoline (PHOX) ligands of the Pfaltz-Helmchen-Williams variety gave the highest enantioselectivities (up to 51% ee) among P,N-ligands examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2845-2851
Number of pages7
JournalTetrahedron Asymmetry
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Sep 20 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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