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The Use of Chiral BINAM NHC-Rh(III) Complexes in Enantioselective Hydrosilylation of 3-Oxo-3-arylpropionic Acid Methyl or Ethyl Esters

Qin Xu, Xingxing Gu, Sijia Liu, Qinyu Dou and Min Shi*

*State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 354 Fenglin Road, Shanghai 200032, China, Email:

Q. Xu, X. Gu, S. Liu, Q. Duo, M. Shi, J. Org. Chem., 2007, 72, 2240-2242.

DOI: 10.1021/jo062453d


A mild, enantioselective hydrosilylation of 3-oxo-3-arylpropionic acid methyl or ethyl esters using axially chiral BINAM N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-Rh(III) complexes as catalysts gave 3-hydroxy-3-arylpropionic acid methyl or ethyl esters in good yields with good to excellent enantioselectivities under mild conditions.

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Key Words

Diphenylsilane, Reduction of Carbonyl Compounds, β-Hydroxy Esters

ID: J42-Y2007-0990