Ruthenium-catalyzed chemo-and enantioselective hydrogenation of isoquinoline carbocycles

Yushu Jin, Yusuke Makida, Tatsuya Uchida, Ryoichi Kuwano

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A chemoselective hydrogenation of isoquinoline carbocycles was achieved by using the catalyst prepared from Ru(methallyl)2(cod) and trans-chelate chiral ligand PhTRAP. The unique chemoselectivity achieved in this hydrogenation could be ascribed to the trans-chelation of the chiral ligand. The procedure for preparing the catalyst strongly affects the reproducibility of the carbocycle hydrogenation. Various 5-, 6-, 7-, and 8-substituted isoquinolines were selectively hydrogenated at their carbocycles to afford 5,6,7,8-tetrahydroisoquinolines as major products in high yields with moderate or good enantioselectivities. Some mechanistic studies suggested that the stereogenic center was created during the initial addition of H2 to the aromatic ring in the hydrogenation of 5-substituted isoquinolines. In other words, the stereochemical control was accompanied by the dearomatization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3829-3839
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 6 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry


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