Journal Article Chiral Tertiary Sulfonium Salts as Effective Catalysts for Asymmetric Base-Free Neutral Phase-Transfer Reactions

Liu, Shiyao  ,  Maruoka, Keiji  ,  Shirakawa, Seiji

56 ( 17 )  , pp.4819 - 4823 , 2017-04-18 , Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Although chiral quaternary ammonium and phosphonium salts are commonly used for asymmetric organocatalysis, the catalytic ability of chiral tertiary sulfonium salts has yet to be demonstrated in asymmetric synthesis. Herein, we show that chiral bifunctional trialkylsulfonium salts catalyze highly enantioselective conjugate additions of 3-substituted oxindoles to maleimides under base-free neutral phase-transfer conditions.

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