A novel method has been developed for the asymmetric cyclization of alkyl aryl ethers. The reactions were assumed to proceed via short-lived chiral enolate intermediates with a chiral C-O axis to give cyclic ethers with tetrasubstituted carbon in up to 99% ee. The half-life of racemization of the chiral enolate intermediate was roughly estimated to be ∼1 s at -78 C.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry