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Protodeboronation of Tertiary Boronic Esters: Asymmetric Synthesis of Tertiary Alkyl Stereogenic Centers

Stefan Nave, Ravindra P. Sonawane, Tim G. Elford and Varinder K. Aggarwal*

*School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS, U.K., Email:

S. Nave, R. P. Sonawane, T. G. Elford, V. K. Aggarwal, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 17096-17098.

DOI: 10.1021/ja1084207


CsF with 1.1 equiv of H2O effects highly efficient protodeboronation on tertiary diarylalkyl boronic esters with essentially complete retention of configuration, whereas TBAFˇ3H2O can be used for tertiary aryldialkyl boronic esters. Furthermore, substituting D2O for H2O provides ready access to deuterium-labeled enantioenriched tertiary alkanes. A short synthesis of the sesquiterpene (S)-turmerone is described.

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Key Words

Benzylation, Benzylboronates, Protodeboronation

ID: J48-Y2010-3330